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DOI 10.1016/j.jup.2016.04.005
Titel (primär) The political economy of renewable energy policies in Germany and the EU
Autor Strunz, S.; Gawel, E.; Lehmann, P.
Quelle Utilities Policy
Erscheinungsjahr 2016
Department OEKON
Band/Volume 42
Seite von 33
Seite bis 41
Sprache englisch
Keywords Lobbying; Public choice; Renewable energy sources; Subsidies; Support policies
UFZ Querschnittsthemen RU6;
Abstract In this paper, we employ a public choice perspective to analyze the development of policies for renewable energy sources (RES) in the EU in general and in Germany more specifically. In doing so, we explain the main characteristics of current RES policies by reference to the self-interest driven motivations of voters, stakeholders and political actors. One important puzzle, which we address, is the following: How could effective RES-policies be introduced against the political opposition of fossil-fuel interest groups in the past? Via analyzing the German example in more detail, we show how over time a self-reinforcing interplay of ideological and financial RES support has emerged. Moreover, we argue that observed specific design choices for RES policies in Germany, such as largely riskless remuneration schemes and high degrees of technology differentiation, as well as decentralized decision-making across EU Member States, can be traced back to politicians' need to balance a variety of partly opposing interests. A major benefit of the presented analysis is that it provides a realistic assessment of the challenges for RES policy reform – any reform effort critically depends on its ability to balance stakeholder interests.
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Strunz, S., Gawel, E., Lehmann, P. (2016):
The political economy of renewable energy policies in Germany and the EU
Util. Policy 42 , 33 - 41 10.1016/j.jup.2016.04.005