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- DescriptionSince 1992, the European Union has put liberalisation at the core of its energy policy agenda. This aspiration was very much in line with an international political ecomy driven by the neo-liberal (Washington) consensus. The central challenge for the EU is that the energy world has changed, while the EU has t. The rise of Asian energy consumers (China and India), more assertive energy producers (Russia), and the threat of climate change have securitized the IPE of energy, and turned it more 'realist'. The main research question is therefore: 'What does a liberal actor do in a realist world?' The overall answer as far as the EU is concerned is that it approaches energy challenges as a problem of market failure: imperfect competition on the supply side; inadequate supply of public goods on the demand side and in terms of infrastructure; and large externalities that arise both from n-energy events and from large-scale consumption of fossil fuels. A Liberal Actor in a Realist World assesses the changing nature of the global political ecomy of energy and the European Union's response, and the external dimension of the regulatory state. The book concludes that the EU's soft power has a hard edge, which is derived primarily from its regulatory power. This works best when it targets companies rather than governments, and it is more effective in the 'Near Abroad' than at the global level. This makes the EU emerge an actor in its own right in the global political ecomy of energy - a 'Regulatory Power Europe'.
- Author BiographyDr. Andreas Goldthau is Professor at Central European University, Associate with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, and Fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin. Dr. Goldthau's research interests focus on energy security and on global governance issues related to oil and gas. His books and edited volumes include Global Energy Challenge: Environment, Development, and Security (Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming), The Handbook of Global Energy Policy (Wiley Blackwell, 2013), Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia (Palgrave, 2012), Global Energy Governance: The New Rules of the Game (Brookings Press, 2010), Imported Oil and U.S. National Security (RAND, 2009) and OPEC (Hanser, 2009). Dr. Nick Sitter is Professor of Public Policy at the Department of Public Policy at Central European University, Professor of Political Economy at the BI Norwegian Business School, Research Associate at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His books and edited volumes include Europe's Nascent State: Public Policy in the EU (Gyledendal Akademiske, 2006), Understanding Public Management (Sage, 2008), a special issue of Nations and Nationalism on constitutions (2010), and Terrorismens Historie (Dreyer, forthcoming).
- Author(s)Andreas Goldthau,Nick Sitter
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication13/08/2015
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight442 g
- Width167 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine16 mm
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