The Political Economy of Energy Access and Power Sector Reform, Andrew Barnett, Neil McCulloch (2019)

The purpose of this briefing note is to draw out the main themes from a recent review of the literature on the political economy of energy access and power sector reform with a view to identifying lessons on how energy access goals might be achieved more effectively. The paper is split into three sections. First, the paper discusses why understanding political economy matters for energy access. Second, the paper analyses how politics and the political economy of power sector reform has influenced progress on energy access in developing countries. Finally, the paper explores implications for funders and donors, and how they might change the things that they support and the way in which they provide support, in order to increase the chances of improvements in energy access.

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