The 'Hidden' Geographies of Energy Poverty in Post-Socialism: Between Institutions and Households
Posted: 6 Feb 2006
Date Written: April 17, 2005
One of the consequences of the post-socialist transformation of Eastern and Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union is the emergence of energy poverty, a condition where households are living in inadequately heated homes. This paper examines the institutional and demographic underpinnings of energy poverty in Macedonia and the Czech Republic, two post-socialist states with divergent development paths. It has been established that more than 50 per cent of Macedonian households may be suffering from domestic energy deprivation, while the same figure is less than 10 per cent in the Czech case. The notion of a 'hidden' geography of poverty encapsulates the character of domestic energy deprivation among these populations. Energy poverty has been invisible to decision makers to date, due to its private character and non-conformity to conventional poverty-amelioration methods.
Keywords: energy poverty, institutions, households, deprivation, consumption, expenditure, post-socialism, Macedonia, Czech Republic
JEL Classification: P2, P21, P22, P26, Q48, R20, I31, I32, I38
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