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The Problem With Problematising Rural Electrification

Boyes, Darcy LU (2019) STVK12 20191
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The modernisation of the Global South is a complex and often overwhelming task. However, one of the most cross-cutting issues is often overlooked. The arena of energy poverty – specifically electric poverty in rural areas and how state policies tackle this problem - is one that often discussed in the wider development discourse. By answering the questions ‘How is the problem of access to electricity represented in the Kenyan and the Rwandan energy policies, respectively?’ and ‘Is there an evident divergence and/ or convergence in strategies to enhance energy access in Rwanda and Kenya’s rural electrification policies?’ this thesis attempts to understand how states ‘problematise’ and deal with electric poverty. Moreover, Bacchi’s (2009)... (More)
The modernisation of the Global South is a complex and often overwhelming task. However, one of the most cross-cutting issues is often overlooked. The arena of energy poverty – specifically electric poverty in rural areas and how state policies tackle this problem - is one that often discussed in the wider development discourse. By answering the questions ‘How is the problem of access to electricity represented in the Kenyan and the Rwandan energy policies, respectively?’ and ‘Is there an evident divergence and/ or convergence in strategies to enhance energy access in Rwanda and Kenya’s rural electrification policies?’ this thesis attempts to understand how states ‘problematise’ and deal with electric poverty. Moreover, Bacchi’s (2009) methodological – analytical WPR approach enables the energy policies of the selected cases of Rwanda and Kenya to be uniquely deconstructed from its underlying assumptions in a comparative case study. The theoretical foundations of Halperin and Heath’s post-structuralism, emphasising McDonalds (2009) ‘problematisation’ of issues by states’ exploitation of power dynamics in a neoliberal setting, allows for a detailed comparison of policy statements. The analysis suggests that the similar but diverging production of discourses by the states documents has created a distinction between the states in their long-term goals of rural electrification. (Less)
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The modernisation of the Global South is a complex and often overwhelming task. However, one of the most cross-cutting issues is often overlooked. The arena of energy poverty – specifically electric poverty in rural areas and how state policies tackle this problem - is one that often discussed in the wider development discourse. By answering the questions ‘How is the problem of access to electricity represented in the Kenyan and the Rwandan energy policies, respectively?’ and ‘Is there an evident divergence and/ or convergence in strategies to enhance energy access in Rwanda and Kenya’s rural electrification policies?’ this thesis attempts to understand how states ‘problematise’ and deal with electric poverty. Moreover, Bacchi’s (2009)... (More)
The modernisation of the Global South is a complex and often overwhelming task. However, one of the most cross-cutting issues is often overlooked. The arena of energy poverty – specifically electric poverty in rural areas and how state policies tackle this problem - is one that often discussed in the wider development discourse. By answering the questions ‘How is the problem of access to electricity represented in the Kenyan and the Rwandan energy policies, respectively?’ and ‘Is there an evident divergence and/ or convergence in strategies to enhance energy access in Rwanda and Kenya’s rural electrification policies?’ this thesis attempts to understand how states ‘problematise’ and deal with electric poverty. Moreover, Bacchi’s (2009) methodological – analytical WPR approach enables the energy policies of the selected cases of Rwanda and Kenya to be uniquely deconstructed from its underlying assumptions in a comparative case study. The theoretical foundations of Halperin and Heath’s post-structuralism, emphasising McDonalds (2009) ‘problematisation’ of issues by states’ exploitation of power dynamics in a neoliberal setting, allows for a detailed comparison of policy statements. The analysis suggests that the similar but diverging production of discourses by the states documents has created a distinction between the states in their long-term goals of rural electrification. (Less)
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Boyes, Darcy LU
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course
STVK12 20191
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Electric Poverty, WPR Approach, Rwanda, Kenya, Rural Electrification
language
English
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8977907
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  abstract     = {The modernisation of the Global South is a complex and often overwhelming task. However, one of the most cross-cutting issues is often overlooked. The arena of energy poverty – specifically electric poverty in rural areas and how state policies tackle this problem - is one that often discussed in the wider development discourse. By answering the questions ‘How is the problem of access to electricity represented in the Kenyan and the Rwandan energy policies, respectively?’ and ‘Is there an evident divergence and/ or convergence in strategies to enhance energy access in Rwanda and Kenya’s rural electrification policies?’ this thesis attempts to understand how states ‘problematise’ and deal with electric poverty. Moreover, Bacchi’s (2009) methodological – analytical WPR approach enables the energy policies of the selected cases of Rwanda and Kenya to be uniquely deconstructed from its underlying assumptions in a comparative case study. The theoretical foundations of Halperin and Heath’s post-structuralism, emphasising McDonalds (2009) ‘problematisation’ of issues by states’ exploitation of power dynamics in a neoliberal setting, allows for a detailed comparison of policy statements. The analysis suggests that the similar but diverging production of discourses by the states documents has created a distinction between the states in their long-term goals of rural electrification.},
  author       = {Boyes, Darcy},
  keyword      = {Electric Poverty,WPR Approach,Rwanda,Kenya,Rural Electrification},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Problem With Problematising Rural Electrification},
  year         = {2019},
}