Headline: Power, authority and security. The EU’s Russian gas dilemma

This paper investigates contestation of authority in EU energy policy, with a focus on natural gas. It argues that the main challenge centers on the EU’s goals and means of energy security policy, not the location and scope of authority. The contested choice is between an across-the-board approach to regulation (Regulatory Power)- and a strategy that opens for the use of regulatory tools for geo-political purposes (Market Power). Competing claims of authority and competing views on how the European Commission should wield its regulatory power reflect both geography (North-Western versus (South-Eastern Europe) and the policy paradigm (market versus geo-politics). The Commission’s traditional strategy in energy policy – power-sharing and compromise – only works if there exists a consensus on the ultimate purpose of regulation. However, when the contested issue is whether the Commission should use is regulatory power to pursue market integration or geo-political goals, this presents a genuine policy dilemma.

Publication Year
2020
Publication Type
Academic Articles
Citation

Goldthau, A., & Sitter, N. (2020). Power, authority and security. The EU’s Russian gas dilemma. Journal of European integration, 42(1), 111-127. doi:10.1080/07036337.2019.1708341.

DOI
10.1080/07036337.2019.1708341
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Projects involved
Investigating the Systemic Impacts of the Global Energy Transition (ISIGET)