Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources
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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources

Edited by Andreas Goldthau, Michael F. Keating and Caroline Kuzemko

This Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the latest research from leading scholars on the international political economy of energy and resources. Highlighting the important conceptual and empirical themes, the chapters study all levels of governance, from global to local, and explore the wide range of issues emerging in a changing political and economic environment.
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Chapter 22: Energy trends, political economy, and international order: the United States and the People’s Republic

Wesley B. Renfro

Abstract

This chapter investigates the relationship between energy and foreign affairs within the context of Sino-American politics. It argues that most analyses of power in international relations have not paid sufficient attention to the crucial role of energy in determining the relative position of actors in the international system. Surveying recent trends, the chapter claims that increased energy production will convey significant advantage to the United States of America in the coming years while comparative energy scarcity will burden the People’s Republic of China.

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