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The Political Economy of Energy Policy (2009)


The class will introduce students to the major theoretical frameworks used by political scientists, sociologists, economists, and other intellectual disciplines to understand how societies design and implement public policies related to energy, and how the energy industry responds. Topics covered will include theories of the state, monopoly and regulation, public choice, organizational behavior, international agreements, and innovation.  The class will apply these theories to major current and historical issues in energy policy, such as ethanol, climate change, energy security, the role of national oil companies in the world oil market, the functioning of OPEC, and the California electricity crisis.

The course will be taught by Professor David Victor, Professor of Law, and Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies on MWF 8:15 am- 9:45 am at the Law School.

If interested, please fill out an on-line course application.  Pre-requisites for enrollment include Economics 1 and 50 or equivalent; and CEE 173A (Energy Resources), or equivalent.

The tentative course syllabus is also available for your review. For more information contact the T.A., Megan Hansen.

Course Number: 
Law 227/ES 205
Course Quarter: 
Course Year: 
2 008
Course Instructors: 
David G. Victor
David G. Victor
Megan Hansen
Course Type: 
For Credit