New Book: Linking EU Climate and Energy Policies

Based on an innovative theoretical framework combining theories of EU policymaking, negotiation and implementation, this comprehensive book examines EU climate and energy policies from the early 1990s until the adoption of new policies for 2030. 

The authors (Jon-Birger Skjærseth, Per Olav Eikeland, Lars H. Gulbrandsen and Torbjørg Jevnaker) investigate how the linking of climate and energy concerns in policy packages has facilitated agreement among EU leaders with very different policy ambitions. Employing in-depth studies from a diverse range of energy-economic countries, the book also explores the impact of domestic policy implementation experiences on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework and the Energy Union initiative.

‘In Europe, climate and energy policies have become inextricably intertwined in the minds of politicians, businesses and civil society organizations. This ambitious book offers a 360 degree analysis of the interlinking strategies designed and employed by policymakers at the EU level and in critically important member-states. In doing so it offers a richly textured answer to a puzzle that has always perplexed analysts: how and why do states manage to adopt policies that are significantly at odds with the preferences of the least ambitious?’

- Andrew Jordan, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, UK

Social scientists and researchers in EU climate and energy policies will find the new empirical data and theoretical approach useful to their work. Students of the social sciences and politics will also benefit from the accessible overview of EU climate and energy policy development. This book will also be of interest to private and public decision-makers looking for explanations for the causes and consequences of EU climate and energy policy development. 

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