The governance of markets, sustainability and supply : toward a European energy policy

  • European energy policy dates back to the founding days of integration, yet the emergence of supranational governance is a recent development. The article examines the extent to which European policymakers have succeeded in building up governance capacity, and what the facilitating and impeding factors were that have shaped the governance mix. The conceptual framework differentiates between orders of governance in the multilevel context, and between policy modes involving hierarchical and non-hierarchical settings and varying actor constellations. The article finds that governance capacity has emerged where second order governance (institutional and procedural rules) is concerned, while first order governance (the concrete policy process) remains the remit of national and private actors. This becomes even more obvious once the interaction between policy modes is taken into account: governance networks enhance governance capacity in the area of competition policy and agency governance; self-regulation by industry constitutes a fall-back option in case of insufficient governance capacity on cross-border issues; soft governance helps to bridge multiple policy areas and levels of governance. The article concludes that second order governance may prove effective where it combines with hierarchy but that it may fail to overcome both trade-offs between contradicting goals and resistance at lower levels.

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Author:Sandra Eckert
Parent Title (English):Journal of contemporary European research
Place of publication:London
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2015
Date of first Publication:2015/12/04
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/02/01
Tag:Competition policy; Energy policy; European integration; Governance; Internal energy marke
Page Number:16
First Page:502
Last Page:517
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitung 4.0