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 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.