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Power, authority and security: the EU’s Russian gas dilemma

Goldthau, Andreas and Sitter, Nick (2020) Power, authority and security: the EU’s Russian gas dilemma. Journal of European Integration, 42 (1). pp. 111-127. ISSN 0703-6337

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Identification Number: 10.1080/07036337.2019.1708341


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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: J Political Science
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2022 15:27
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 04:03

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