Brandt School Universität Erfurt

New publication: Power, authority and security: the EU’s Russian gas dilemma

This jointly-authored article, published with the Journal of European Integration, investigates contestation of authority in EU energy policy, with a focus on natural gas. The article argues that this contestation is between an across-the-board approach to regulation (Regulatory Power)- and a strategy that opens for the use of regulatory tools for geo-political purposes (Market Power). The Commission’s traditional strategy in energy policy – power-sharing and compromise – only works if there exists a consensus on the ultimate purpose of regulation. However, when the contested issue is whether the Commission should use is regulatory power to pursue market integration or geo-political goals, this presents a genuine policy dilemma. Read the full article here.