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|Title: ||Lost in Transmission? An
|Authors: ||Abild, Kasper|
Olsen, Ulrik Kjølsen
|Advisor: ||Chatzopoulou, Sevasti|
|Keywords: ||Regulatory Governance|
Security of Supply
|Examination Date: ||1-Jun-2011|
|Issue Date: ||24-Aug-2011|
|Abstract: ||The focus of this thesis is the emerging area of the European energy policy on gas. Traditionally, European energy policy has been approached from a state-centric perspective inducing little attention to the effects of the emerging institutional and regulatory development within the EU.
Thus, the thesis investigates how the emerging field of European energy policy in the EU induces both intergovernmental cooperation and supranational institutionalisation – with a specific view to the emerging regulatory governance.
Specifically, the thesis addresses how the European energy policy is developing and to what extent the EU recognition of Nord Stream can be understood in the context of this emerging policy area?
Addressing the research area, we employ a theoretical framework of neoliberal institutionalism and regulatory governance. Together with a qualitative empirical approach based primarily on interviews, we investigate the duality of and interplay between intergovernmental practices and institutional regulatory cooperation, which is found to be increasingly important in framing the EU
energy policy. We thus proceed beyond the mere intergovernmental level to an investigation of the emergence and role of new regulatory actors at a horizontal level, ipso facto in between the
intergovernmental and supranational level. Finally, we investigate the case of the pipeline project Nord Stream and the process leading to its recognition as ‘a project of European interest’. Here, we focus on the debate around its construction, the process leading to its EU recognition and finally
how Nord Stream can be seen as testing ground for the EU energy policy.
We conclude that the European energy policy is shaped by two - in some aspects coherent and in others contradicting - trends of securitisation and liberalisation with an increasing Member State vigilance to energy security concerns and an EU energy policy based on a liberalisation trend.
There has nevertheless been an institutionalisation of energy policy at the EU-level against a backdrop of three principles: security of supply, diversification and solidarity. These principles are found to be the functional answer to both the securitisation and liberalisation trends. We furthermore conclude that the introduction of new subnational regulatory actors increasingly frames EU energy policy within a liberalisation trend. Finally, we find that the case of Nord Stream exposes the contentiousness of the current unresolved hierarchy of competences between the Member States and the EU.|
|Education: ||Forvaltning / Administration - Master thesis|
|Appears in Collections:||Projektrapporter og specialer / Projectreports and master thesis|
Forvaltning rapporter / Administration Projects
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