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The European Union’s External Energy Policy - Actorness in Sight?

Hattrup, Martin LU (2010) STVM17 20101
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis examines the external energy policy of the European Union in a two-step approach. First, an analysis of the degree of actorness that the EU has achieved in this new policy field is carried out on the basis of the theoretical concept introduced by Bretherton and Vogler. It is argued that the EU only possesses fragmented actorness in all three dimensions examined. Second, this is followed by a comparative case study of three member states – United Kingdom, Germany and Poland – and their respective behaviour in external energy policy. With the help of rational choice and sociological institutionalism, the analysis of important
government documents from these member states reveals that a combination of factors – the political... (More)
This thesis examines the external energy policy of the European Union in a two-step approach. First, an analysis of the degree of actorness that the EU has achieved in this new policy field is carried out on the basis of the theoretical concept introduced by Bretherton and Vogler. It is argued that the EU only possesses fragmented actorness in all three dimensions examined. Second, this is followed by a comparative case study of three member states – United Kingdom, Germany and Poland – and their respective behaviour in external energy policy. With the help of rational choice and sociological institutionalism, the analysis of important
government documents from these member states reveals that a combination of factors – the political power, the perceived (in-) security and the resulting domestic framing of the issue – determine the willingness of the member state to transfer sovereignty in external energy policy to the European Union level. (Less)
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author
Hattrup, Martin LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM17 20101
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
European Union, external energy policy, actorness, energy security, institutionalism.
language
English
id
1607520
date added to LUP
2010-06-30 16:26:10
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  abstract     = {This thesis examines the external energy policy of the European Union in a two-step approach. First, an analysis of the degree of actorness that the EU has achieved in this new policy field is carried out on the basis of the theoretical concept introduced by Bretherton and Vogler. It is argued that the EU only possesses fragmented actorness in all three dimensions examined. Second, this is followed by a comparative case study of three member states – United Kingdom, Germany and Poland – and their respective behaviour in external energy policy. With the help of rational choice and sociological institutionalism, the analysis of important
government documents from these member states reveals that a combination of factors – the political power, the perceived (in-) security and the resulting domestic framing of the issue – determine the willingness of the member state to transfer sovereignty in external energy policy to the European Union level.},
  author       = {Hattrup, Martin},
  keyword      = {European Union,external energy policy,actorness,energy security,institutionalism.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The European Union’s External Energy Policy - Actorness in Sight?},
  year         = {2010},
}