Who Drives Climate-Relevant Policies in the Rising Powers?

This project is concerned with the Political Economy Analysis of Climate Change Policies – hence the PEACH project. The central question of the project is who drives/obstructs climate change policies in the rising powers, paying special attention to renewable energy policies. We are starting with the cases of India and China and will then extend the study to Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa.

A view of a wind farm consisting of a multiitude of 1.5 MW wind turbines supplies zero-emissions renewable electricity to the North China Power Grid. Credit: Ian Teh - Panos

A small body of literature has emerged adopting political economy analysis of climate change policies in the rising powers. We seek to learn from this literature but are particularly concerned with finding a way of conducting rapid political economy diagnosis. Our central challenge is how to deal with complexity. There are many different types of actors: they come from government, business and civil society. They operate at different levels: local, national and global. They have different priorities: climate change mitigation, energy security, competitiveness or job creation. There are competing narratives. And the policy process has different stages. A methodology note (PEACH – Methodology) shows how we intend to deal with this complexity.

This project is part of the Rising Powers in International Development Programme, funded by DFID.


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Hubert Schmitz

Emeritus Fellow

Recent work


Who Drives Climate-relevant Policy Implementation in China?

Published by IDS

Climate change is emerging as one of the biggest challenges confronting the sustainability of our planet, affecting the development prospects of both developed and developing countries. There is a global effort to find solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the cause of climate...

1 May 2015


Who Drives Climate-relevant Policies in Brazil?

Published by IDS

In this report, the central question of our research is who drives/obstructs climate-relevant policies in Brazil, paying special attention to renewable energy policies, climate policies and politics.

1 April 2015