Invited talk on ‘The Political Logic of the Developmental State: Korea and Taiwan's Smart Grids Strategy’ at the Department of Government and International Relations Staff Colloquium Series, University of Sydney

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


For years, East Asia’s developmental states have been leading a clean energy transition through building and exporting green technologies. However, these strong achievements have been somewhat hindered by weaker efforts to embrace these technologies at home. The blossoming of a new high-tech industry based on smart grids, the key infrastructure of a renewable energy revolution, may bring about a solution to this impasse, significantly increasing the market for green energies. This purpose of this paper is to show why these countries are so aggressively advancing smart grids as part of their national greening strategies. I argue that East Asia’s big bets on smart grids are driven primarily by deep-seated political rationales related to concerns over energy security. This analysis offers a window into the machinery of economic governance as it exists today in formerly authoritarian and now democratised states of Korea and Taiwan.
Period2 Nov 2017
Held atUniversity of Sydney, Australia, New South Wales
Degree of RecognitionNational