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Energy Politics Paperback – February 10, 2011
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"Energy Politics is a timely, provocative, and pioneering exploration of an increasingly important topic."—Graham Allison, Harvard University
"An excellent introduction to the international politics of energy."—Charles Doran, Johns Hopkins University
"Brenda Shaffer has produced an essential guide to the energy politics of the twenty-first century. Her insights into the growing role of natural gas, and its implications for global security, are especially valuable."—Michael Ross, UCLA
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Also contains such banal 'findings' as 'energy and politics are inseparable' or 'energy creates an additional link between the domestic and foreign policies of states' (p. 3) without consideration of how these claims might actually be theorised or assembled in an analytically cogent way.
I take particular issue with her chapter on 'energy and regime type', which (at a mere 9 pages) does nothing more than to elaborate how undemocratic oil-exporting states are.
Then there are sloppy mistakes - the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline did NOT cost $3.6 million (p. 53). Shaffer is off by roughly $3.6 billion. Also, the book is riddled with confused statements such as - "just as energy EXPORTERS seek diversity of supplies, natural gas exporters aspire to acquire diversity of export markets" (p. 40, my emphasis).
There is a great deal of overstretch in the scope of the research - empirical chapters cover Russia, Europe, the US, China, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Given this breadth of analysis undertaken by a single author, it is no wonder that important and highly necessary details and contextual factors are glossed over.