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The G8’s Role in Global Energy Governance Since the 2005 Gleneagles Summit

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Although it is widely recognized that today’s multiple energy challenges need to be tackled through internationally coordinated action, global energy governance has remained largely underdeveloped. Since the 2005 Gleneagles summit, however, the G8 has issued several ambitious energy action plans and declarations. Through its language and actions the G8 appears to claim a “leadership” role to fill the void in global energy governance. This article critically examines the G8’s actual value added in this field. It comes to a nuanced conclusion. Admittedly, the G8 has initiated several substantive processes. It has, for instance, revamped the International Energy Agency by expanding its scope beyond merely monitoring oil markets, and it has played a critical role in setting up a new international organization in the field of energy efficiency. Yet, in general, the G8 has failed to exert global political leadership, mainly because of internal divergence, lack of compliance monitoring, and nonmembership of major countries.
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International Energy Agency, global energy governance, G8, energy security, great power concerts

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Lesage, Dries, Thijs Van de Graaf, and Kirsten Westphal. 2009. “The G8’s Role in Global Energy Governance Since the 2005 Gleneagles Summit.” Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations 15 (2): 259–277.
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Lesage, D., Van de Graaf, T., & Westphal, K. (2009). The G8’s Role in Global Energy Governance Since the 2005 Gleneagles Summit. Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, 15(2), 259–277.
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Lesage D, Van de Graaf T, Westphal K. The G8’s Role in Global Energy Governance Since the 2005 Gleneagles Summit. Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations. Boulder, United States: Lynne Rienner; 2009;15(2):259–77.
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Lesage, Dries, Thijs Van de Graaf, and Kirsten Westphal. “The G8’s Role in Global Energy Governance Since the 2005 Gleneagles Summit.” Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations 15.2 (2009): 259–277. Print.
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  author       = {Lesage, Dries and Van de Graaf, Thijs and Westphal, Kirsten},
  issn         = {1075-2846},
  journal      = {Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations},
  keywords     = {International Energy Agency,global energy governance,G8,energy security,great power concerts},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {259--277},
  publisher    = {Lynne Rienner},
  title        = {The G8’s Role in Global Energy Governance Since the 2005 Gleneagles Summit},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.5555/ggov.2009.15.2.259},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2009},
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