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Energy and India's Foreign Policy

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Working Paper No. 75

44 Pages Posted: 7 May 2009  

Jeremy Carl

Stanford University - Program on Energy and Sustainable Development

Varun Rai

University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs

David G. Victor

UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy

Date Written: May 1, 2008

Abstract

The study explores the role of energy in India’s foreign policy strategy and examines the wide gap between India’s need for a strategic energy policy and the government of India’s inability to put such a policy into practice. As a stark departure from the idealized vision, India’s energy supply chains that have grown increasingly creaky and unreliable. Only halting progress has been made towards reform and, without fundamental reform, it is likely that India’s global energy strategy will continue to be a failure.

In particular, the authors examine the relationship between India’s energy policy and its foreign policy by highlighting both themes and vignettes in three different areas of the energy system: oil & natural gas, coal, and electricity. They find that fickle domestic political coalitions dominate energy policymaking in India and that these unstable coalitions, when combined with the weak administrative capacity of the Indian state, leave India’s foreign policy apparatus incapable of making credible commitments in the energy sector.

Keywords: India, Energy policy of India, Foreign policy of India, State-owned companies, Reforms in India

JEL Classification: Q48, P16, P11, L50, D78

Suggested Citation

Carl, Jeremy and Rai, Varun and Victor, David G., Energy and India's Foreign Policy (May 1, 2008). Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Working Paper No. 75. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1400184 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1400184

Jeremy Carl

Stanford University - Program on Energy and Sustainable Development ( email )

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Varun Rai (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs ( email )

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David G. Victor

UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy ( email )

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United States

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