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DOI 10.5547/2160-5890.4.2.sstr
Title (Primary) Towards a general "Europeanization" of EU Member States’ energy policies?
Author Strunz, S.; Gawel, E.; Lehmann, P.
Source Titel Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy
Year 2015
Department OEKON
Volume 4
Issue 2
Page From 143
Page To 159
Language englisch
Keywords Centralization; Energy transition; EU climate and energy policy; Fiscal federalism; Harmonization; Political economy
UFZ wide themes RU6;
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 rests on the internal market for energy and a pan-European super-grid. However, this view neglects i) the 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 vein, 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. (2015):
Towards a general "Europeanization" of EU Member States’ energy policies?
EEEP 4 (2), 143 - 159 10.5547/2160-5890.4.2.sstr