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Title (Primary) Towards a general "Europeanization" of EU Member States' energy policies?
Author Strunz, S.; Gawel, E.; Lehmann, P.
Source Titel UFZ Discussion Papers
Year 2014
Department OEKON
Volume 17/2014
Page To 19
Language englisch
Keywords centralization; energy transition; EU climate and energy policy; fiscal federalism; harmonization; political economy
Abstract It is often argued that energy policy is too fragmented across EU Member States and should be “Europeanized” to pave the way towards an efficiently organized European power system, which rest on the internal market for energy and a pan-European super-grid. Howev-er, this view neglects i) the factual heterogeneity of European energy policies in terms of harmonization and centralization, ii) economic arguments in favor of decentralization and iii) legal as well as political-economic obstacles against centralization of decision making. In this vain, we point out that a plea for a stronger role of the EU needs to be made with care and differentiation.
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Strunz, S., Gawel, E., Lehmann, P. (2014):
Towards a general "Europeanization" of EU Member States' energy policies?
UFZ Discussion Papers 17/2014
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig, 19 pp.