Chapter 2: Studying European energy policy: concepts, theories and approaches
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This chapter discusses the theoretical approaches and concepts referred to in the book. It defines the main concepts - such as energy security, securitisation, energy transition - and issues pertaining to energy policy. It analyses different theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to energy policy in the discipline of International Relations, notably realist/geopolitical, liberal and constructivist approaches. Moreover, the chapter draws on International Political Economy to elucidate the interaction between politics and economics, as well as between markets and societies in energy trade. The questions of actorness and power in energy politics are also discussed.

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