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Contested Energy Policies

European Climate Change Leadership and Policy Resilience

Dr. Jale Tosun and Ross Gillard

Energy policy is high on the agenda for the European Union, as it seeks to address issues around security of supply, markets, rural development, and carbon emissions simultaneously. In pursuit of these goals many of its policies have been debated and rejected by member states and their publics. This book draws attention to the public and political contestation of these policies and advances a theoretical framework for understanding their role in the EU energy policy-making process.

Drawing on literature from comparative politics and policy studies, the book explores the ways in which the EU proposes and adopts particular energy policies, situating the analysis within the EU’s multi-level polity and wider discussions about a ‘democratic deficit’. It presents four topical case studies of energy policies, using narrative analysis to compare their contestation in different member states. In addition, theories of policy feedback are applied to examine how the EU entraps itself in policy decisions, becoming incapable of making changes even when they are politically expedient, largely due to its aspirations to be a global leader in climate change politics.

Building on this detailed empirical analysis, Tosun and Gillard conclude the book by elaborating a new model to formulate falsifiable hypotheses about the pressing issues of energy politics and policy, inviting future researchers to empirically test them. This work will be of particular interest to scholars, policymakers and stakeholders involved in all aspects of energy policy in the EU. More broadly, political science researchers and students will find its theory building and generalizable conclusions to be insightful.
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Rowman & Littlefield International
Pages: 208Size: 6 x 9
978-1-78348-052-4 • Hardback • November 2017 • $105.00 • (£70.00)
978-1-78348-053-1 • Paperback • November 2017 • $34.95 • (£23.95)
978-1-78348-054-8 • eBook • November 2017 • $32.95 • (£22.95) (coming soon)
Jale Tosun is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Heidelberg University and Research Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, Germany. She is the author of Environmental Policy Change in Emerging Market Democracies, Risk Regulation in Europe and Public Policy: A New Introduction as well as one of the editors of Energy Policy Making in the EU – Building the Agenda.

Ross Gillard is a Research Associate at the University of York and a doctoral student at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He publishes research on the politics of climate change and energy, with a particular focus on social justice. He is a contributing author of Traditions and trends in global environmental politics: International Relations and the Earth.
Introduction / Understanding the Policy-making Context / Targets for Biofuel Use / Carbon Capture and Storage / Ecodesign Requirements for Light Bulbs / Hydrological Fracturing / Theoretical Model / Conclusion and Avenues for Further Research
- Bring together various disciplinary approaches to understanding energy policy for students in energy, security, globalization and environment studies courses

- Presents new empirical insights into a range of topical case studies and opens these up for classroom discussion

- Highlights the contestation of four key energy policy areas in the European Union

- Provides a new coherent theoretical model for analyzing energy policy in the future