Power: West African politics and energy. A study on ECOWAS institutionalized cooperation regarding renewable energy

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This thesis contains a study on ECOWAS’ institutionalized cooperation regarding renewable energy with special attention to Nigeria – a large oil producing and exporting regional hegemonic power in the West African region. On the one hand, hegemonic stability theory was assumed to be a suitable theory to explain this puzzling situation, thanks to the role Nigeria played in the formation of ECOWAS. On the other hand, the representative organ of the regional organization is able to conduct deviant agency. ECOWAS Commission succeeded in regional organization diplomacy in various other sectors. This research found out that the principal-agent hypotheses collectively contributed to the process towards the institutionalized cooperation in ECOWAS regarding renewable energy. ECOWAS Commission framed renewable energy as a complement in energy accessibility in rural areas; openly stressed the importance of renewable energy policy during an ECOWAS Conference; and proposed probably the formation of ECREEE.
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