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The Problems of Plenty: Energy Policy and International Politics

The Problems of Plenty: Energy Policy and International Politics

By Peter F. Cowhey

University of California Press, 1985, 447 pp.

Professor Cowhey lives up to his claim to provide a dimension to our understanding of energy problems that has been missed by economists, engineers and political scientists. He does this by investigating the "international management strategies" pursued by oil companies, governments of exporting and importing countries, and international organizations. This study goes back to 1919 but the emphasis is on the 1970s. As the author says, the complexity of the subject and his particular method "require some patience on the part of the reader," but the book is a remarkable achievement.