Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources
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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources

Edited by Andreas Goldthau, Michael F. Keating and Caroline Kuzemko

This Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the latest research from leading scholars on the international political economy of energy and resources. Highlighting the important conceptual and empirical themes, the chapters study all levels of governance, from global to local, and explore the wide range of issues emerging in a changing political and economic environment.
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Chapter 8: The Energy Union: a coherent policy package?

Claudia Strambo and Måns Nilsson


In 2015, the European Union launched the Energy Union in order to reduce fragmentation in European energy policy and boost Europe’s energy transition. This chapter analyses whether the Energy Union, as a policy package, constitutes a coherent whole and whether its distinct components are being pursued in a coordinated manner. We use a simple policy-analytical framework by which the policy components are juxtaposed in a screening matrix. The interactions between the Energy Union policy components are assessed according to a novel typology for understanding interactions and coherence in the 2030 Agenda, with policy interactions ranging on a scale from cancelling to indivisible. Our assessment shows that the interactions are often complex and sometimes vary depending on the time frame. We identify two key hotspots: the relationships between energy security and energy efficiency and between energy security and decarbonisation.

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