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The Global Institutional Frameworks And The Diffusion Of Renewable Energy Technologies In The BRICS Countries

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This paper examines the role of the global institutional frameworks on the national processes of innovation diffusion. The authors focus on the influence of the Kyoto mechanisms on the diffusion of renewable energy technologies in the BRICS countries i.e. Brazil, China India, Russia and South Africa. The preliminary analysis suggests that the Kyoto Mechanisms may support the diffusion of some simple, low cost and mature technologies which are already diffused in the host countries, rather than the diffusion of new renewable energy technologies.