Title

The Adoption of Renewable Energy Policies in a Rentier State: A Case Study of the United Arab Emirates

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Hessa Murooshid, Zayed University

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Arab World Geographer

Publication Date

3-1-2018

Abstract

© 2018 Geo Publishing, Toronto Canada. The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) represents a unique form of rentier state in the Gulf region, with its vast resources of oil and natural gas and its political and economic systems characterized by the exploitation and export of natural resources. The U.A.E. is a global leader in carbon dioxide emissions and pollution, but has recently begun to diversify its energy resources by establishing various renewable energy initiatives. This new strategy has involved new domestic policies that make important adjustments to the conventional fossil-fuel economic model. The main question addressed in this study is the following: What are the drivers that make a rentier state such as the U.A.E. adopt new policies to encourage alternative energy sources, given that its oil reserves are secured for almost the next 50 years? The study argues that current dynamics in the U.A.E. cannot be explained by rentier state theory but can be described as a post-rentierism moment, a phenomenon that did not emerge from a vacuum and will not last long. It is a transitional stage and a turning point in the complex development of a country that trying to use and benefit from the available opportunities and overcome any challenges. The results indicate that the adoption of new renewable energy policies by a pioneering rentier state such as the U.A.E. can best be explained by the policy transfer approach, at two levels: domestic growth policy and environmental consciousness and responsibility.

ISSN

1480-6800

Publisher

University of Akron

Volume

21

Issue

1

First Page

43

Last Page

57

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

Alternative energy sources, Domestic growth policy, Natural resources, Rentier state, United Arab Emirates

Scopus ID

85048708994

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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