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Institutionalisation of Political Parties: Comparative Cases. Edited by Robert Harmel and Lars G. Svasand

Energy Transitions in Europe: At the Crossroads of Changing Political and Socio-Technological Paradigms

European Politics
 
Populism
 
Public Policy
 
Policy Implementation
 
Technology
 
Energy Policy
 
Section Number
S16
Section Chair
Jan Osička
Masaryk University
Section Co-Chair
Kacper Szulecki
Universitetet i Oslo

Abstract
The section seeks to advance political science research and theorizing on energy transitions, which to date is dispersed between sub-disciplines. In line with the practice established by our sections at the ECPR General Conferences in Oslo (2017) and Hamburg (2018), the proposed section too places the emerging issues in energy politics into the spotlight and contextualizes them via exploring links to the existing empirical problems and introducing conceptual tools for accounting for them.

The section deals with energy politics in the EU and, more specifically, with the transition towards low-carbon energy systems. Its primary focus are the trade-offs inherent to energy transitions such as the best climate solutions being at odds with what is best for the local environment or the periodic incompatibility of the means of climate policy with the goals of social policy. These problems are discussed against a wider background of the recent developments in implementation of energy transition policies and the overall scope of the section is further broadened by reflecting the recent shifts in European politics, namely the rise of right-wing populism and the question of further integration or disintegration in Europe.

We propose an issue-based panel setup, where each session is dedicated to a particular empirical or theoretical problem which goes beyond energy studies, and should also be appealing to the general political science audiences: the apparent EU crisis, the rise of populism, policy fragmentation, EU’s external policymaking, interdependence and policy diffusion, societal acceptance for new infrastructure, and finally energy poverty/social justice, concluded with a roundtable discussion on the identity of political science energy research.


Panel List

Code Title Details
P115Energy Poverty: How to Protect the Citizens and Steer Energy Transitions? View Panel Details
P117Energy, Climate and Representative Democracy View Panel Details
P121EU Climate and Energy Policy and the Future of Europe View Panel Details
P123European External Energy Policy in Times of the Energy Transition View Panel Details
P175Interdependence Revisited: Policy Diffusion, Infrastructure Links and Energy Policy Change View Panel Details
P194Local Environmental Concerns vs Climate: Increasing Societal Polarisation in Energy Policy View Panel Details
P337ROUNDTABLE: Political Science in Energy Transition Studies ꟷ Searching for Identity between STS and Economics View Panel Details
P376The Elite’s Climate Policy, the People’s Denialism? Populist Reactions to Energy Transitions View Panel Details
P383The Governance of Sector Coupling: Socio-Technical and Political Challenges of Maintaining Energy Transitions View Panel Details
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