Renegotiating Authority in EU Energy and Climate Policy

Anna Herranz-Surrallés, Israel Solorio Sandoval, Jenny Fairbrass

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Energy and Climate policy has become one of the most dynamic domains of European integration and yet it is not an area exempt from contestation and re-nationalization pressures. By encompassing a variety of policy sub-sectors and theoretical angles, this collection provides a state-of-the-art perspective of EU energy and climate policy, as well as a fresh look into the challenges of European integration.

In a context of multiple crises, EU Energy and Climate policy is often identified as one of the few areas still exhibiting strong integration dynamics. However, this domain is not exempt from contestation and re-nationalization pressures. This collection seeks to understand those contradictory integration and disintegration tendencies by problematizing the notion of authority: When, why and by whom is EU authority in Energy and Climate policy conferred and contested? What strategies are used to manage authority conflicts and to what effect? These questions are examined in some of the knottiest aspects of EU energy and climate policy, for example, the adoption of the landmark Governance of the Energy Union Regulation, the long-drawn-out attempts to complete the EU’s internal energy market, the struggle to achieve ambitious EU targets in renewable energy and energy efficiency beyond 2020, the blurring of economic and security instruments in external energy policy, or the heated discussions over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of European Integration.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages168
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-00170-8
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2021

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