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On a move towards harmonization. Historical-institutional perspectives on the evolution of renewable energy policy in the EU.

Hildingsson, Roger (2008)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The promotion of renewable energy sources (RES) has become a key measure within the EU to improve energy security and to mitigate climate change while offering opportunities for industrial development, job creation and regional cohesion. Over time this has put pressure for EU-level coordination and harmonization of national RES policy measures in order to improve effectiveness and market efficiency. This study advances a historical-institutional framework to explain how such forces have been conducive for the emergence and further evolution of RES policy as a new policy domain at the EU level.

The main theoretical finding relates to the framework on path dependency, which emphasize how mechanisms of reproduction conducive of institutional... (More)
The promotion of renewable energy sources (RES) has become a key measure within the EU to improve energy security and to mitigate climate change while offering opportunities for industrial development, job creation and regional cohesion. Over time this has put pressure for EU-level coordination and harmonization of national RES policy measures in order to improve effectiveness and market efficiency. This study advances a historical-institutional framework to explain how such forces have been conducive for the emergence and further evolution of RES policy as a new policy domain at the EU level.

The main theoretical finding relates to the framework on path dependency, which emphasize how mechanisms of reproduction conducive of institutional stability simultaneously can be conducive for institutional evolution and change, and be applied to explain ?path creation? as well. This underpins the main argument of this study, that EU RES policy, in spite of various impediments, is a result of ?functional spillover? from the Single Market project conducive of further integration and, eventually, harmonisation. (Less)
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author
Hildingsson, Roger
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
'renewable energy sources', RES, 'energy policy', 'European integration', 'historical institutionalism', spillover, 'path dependency', Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1319104
date added to LUP
2008-08-18
date last changed
2009-02-12
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  abstract     = {The promotion of renewable energy sources (RES) has become a key measure within the EU to improve energy security and to mitigate climate change while offering opportunities for industrial development, job creation and regional cohesion. Over time this has put pressure for EU-level coordination and harmonization of national RES policy measures in order to improve effectiveness and market efficiency. This study advances a historical-institutional framework to explain how such forces have been conducive for the emergence and further evolution of RES policy as a new policy domain at the EU level.

The main theoretical finding relates to the framework on path dependency, which emphasize how mechanisms of reproduction conducive of institutional stability simultaneously can be conducive for institutional evolution and change, and be applied to explain ?path creation? as well. This underpins the main argument of this study, that EU RES policy, in spite of various impediments, is a result of ?functional spillover? from the Single Market project conducive of further integration and, eventually, harmonisation.},
  author       = {Hildingsson, Roger},
  keyword      = {'renewable energy sources',RES,'energy policy','European integration','historical institutionalism',spillover,'path dependency',Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {On a move towards harmonization. Historical-institutional perspectives on the evolution of renewable energy policy in the EU.},
  year         = {2008},
}