Who Drives Climate-Relevant Policies in the Rising Powers?

This project was concerned with the Political Economy Analysis of Climate Change Policies – hence the PEACH project. The central question of the project was who drives/obstructs climate change policies in the rising powers, paying special attention to renewable energy policies. We started with the cases of India and China and then extended the study to Brazil 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 aimed to learn from this literature but were particularly concerned with finding a way of conducting rapid political economy diagnosis based on fieldwork. Our central challenge was 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.

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


Recent work


Who Drives Climate-relevant Policy Implementation in China?

IDS Evidence Report 134

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...

8 May 2015


Who Drives Climate-relevant Policies in Brazil?

IDS Evidence Report 132

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.

30 April 2015


Who Shapes Climate Action in India? Insights from the Wind and Solar Energy Sectors

IDS Evidence Report 56

Within this paper, we specifically take an actor-centred perspective – focusing on players not just within the government but also private sector and civil society – to better understand the influence of such actors in shaping climate change action within India. Through this analysis, we aim...

3 March 2014