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Reference Category Book chapters
DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-43250-8_51
Title (Primary) Energy policies in the EU: A fiscal federalism perspective
Title (Secondary) Handbook of energy governance in Europe
Author Gawel, E.; Strunz, S.
Publisher Knodt, M.; Kemmerzell, J.
Year 2022
Department OEKON
Page From 143
Page To 161
Language englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
Keywords Centralization; Convergence; Decentralization; Energy Union; Fiscal federalism; Harmonization; Heterogeneity
Abstract In this chapter, we apply the theory of Fiscal Federalism to energy policies in the EU. Centralization of decision-making power and homogeneity of policies incur both costs and benefits. We look at the case of renewable energy sources (RES) policies in more detail to specify the relevant pros and cons. Finding that neither full and imminent centralization/homogenization nor complete fragmentation would be desirable, we explore whether bottom-up convergence might offer a feasible way to sensibly balance the trade-off. From an empirical perspective, there is some evidence for (temporary and conditional) convergence of RES policies. Overall, the efforts of the EU Commission to steer national policies more directly promise to reap some more of the possible benefits of cooperation. The analysis, however, also makes clear that there exist not only politico-economic obstacles but also economic rationales against fully harmonizing all aspects of EU energy policy.
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Gawel, E., Strunz, S. (2022):
Energy policies in the EU: A fiscal federalism perspective
In: Knodt, M., Kemmerzell, J. (eds.)
Handbook of energy governance in Europe
Springer, Cham, p. 143 - 161 10.1007/978-3-030-43250-8_51