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Russia's Energy Policies: National, Interregional and Global Levels

By: Pami Aalto (Editor)

288 pages, illustrations, maps

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Jan 2012 | #201639 | ISBN-13: 9781849800297
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Russia's vast energy reserves, and its policies towards them have enormous importance in the current geopolitical landscape. This important book examines Russia's energy policies on the national, interregional and global level. It pays particular attention to energy policy actors ranging from state, federal and regional actors, to energy companies and international financial actors and organizations.

Russia's Energy Policies: National, Interregional and Global Levels models the formation of Russia's energy policies in terms of how energy policy actors perceive and map their policy environment. The case studies cover federal, regional and environmental aspects of Russian energy policy, Russia's energy relations with Europe and the CIS, North East Asia, the globalization of Russian oil companies and the political economy of Russian energy.

It is found that there are several concurrent energy policies in contemporary Russia, and that this situation is likely to continue. These policies are conducted primarily from the business frame perspective while notions of energy superpower Russia are found more ambiguous. Russia's Energy Policies: National, Interregional and Global Levels will benefit advanced master's level students, doctoral students, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.

Russia's Energy Policies: National, Interregional and Global Levels will be a great resource for advanced international relations, political economy, international business and globalisation courses alongside energy policy courses, as well as area studies courses on Russian, post-Soviet and European politics and environmental politics.

"Russia is an increasingly important player in global energy markets, yet its policies are under-researched and little understood. This collection represents an important and sophisticated contribution to the debate. While much of the commentary on Russian energy consists of generalizations about Russia's political strategy, this work lifts the hood and looks inside the process through which Russian energy policies are designed and implemented. It brings together essays by top specialists in the field, and makes a conscious effort to integrate the various disciplines of politics, economics and geography by developing a model of the 'cognitive frames' through which the policy process is shaped. It addresses both domestic and international dimensions of the problem, and gives equal weight to traditional customers in Europe and new markets in Asia."
- Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University, US

"The book explains Russian energy policies, instead of a policy. It portrays a picture with multiple policy drivers, including institutional, regional and federal, environmental and commercial. The study markedly improves our understanding of the multifaceted nature of Russian energy policy, a topical and complex issue. This is a highly commendable book that should be included in the reading lists of anyone with an interest in the role of energy in Russia's political economy or energy matters more generally."
- Kim Talus, University College London, Australia


1. How Are Russian Energy Policies Formulated? Linking Actors and Structures of Energy Policy Pami Aalto, David Dusseault, Markku Kivinen and Michael D. Kennedy

2. Public and Business Actors in Russia's Energy Policy Markku Kivinen
3. Russia's East and the Search for a New El Dorado: A Comparative Analysis of Russia's Kovytka, Sakhalin-2 and Chaiadinskoe Greenfield Projects David Dusseault
4. Environmental Sustainability of Russia's Energy Policies Nina Tynkkynen and Pami Aalto

5. Russian Foreign Policy and Energy: The Case of the Nord Stream Gas Pipeline Hanna Smith
6. Russia's Central and Eastern European Energy Transit Corridor: Ukraine and Belarus Margarita M. Balmaceda
7. Russia's Energy Policy in the Far East and East Siberia Shinichiro Tabata and Xu Liu

8. 'They Went East, They Went West - ': The Global Expansion of Russian Oil Companies Nina Poussenkova
9. Russian Energy Dilemmas: Energy Security, Globalization and Climate Change Michael Bradshaw
10. Conclusion: Learning About Russian Energy Policies Pami Aalto


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