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Defusing contested authority : EU energy efficiency policymaking

Claire Dupont (UGent)
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EU energy efficiency policymaking has faced repeated contestation. Such contestation has been both sovereignty-based, when member states contest the EU's authority to make policy on energy efficiency (subsidiarity claims), and substance-based, when concerns are raised about the choice or ambition of a policy measure. Yet, energy efficiency has become one of the five dimensions of the Energy Union. It is thus an example of EU policymaking advancing even under contestation. I investigate three main strategies to manage these contestations: (1) framing and reframing energy efficiency to enhance and consolidate authority at EU-level and to mitigate contestations over this authority; (2) developing the legal framework; and (3) applying flexibility in policy measures and employing mixed soft and hard governance tools. These strategies are employed, and interact, over both a 'long game' and a 'short game'.
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Political Science and International Relations, Sociology and Political Science, Subsidiarity, Contestation, Framing, Energy Union, Energy Efficiency, CLIMATE

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Dupont, Claire. “Defusing Contested Authority : EU Energy Efficiency Policymaking.” JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION, vol. 42, no. 1, 2020, pp. 95–110.
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Dupont, C. (2020). Defusing contested authority : EU energy efficiency policymaking. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION, 42(1), 95–110.
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Dupont, Claire. 2020. “Defusing Contested Authority : EU Energy Efficiency Policymaking.” JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION 42 (1): 95–110.
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Dupont, Claire. 2020. “Defusing Contested Authority : EU Energy Efficiency Policymaking.” JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION 42 (1): 95–110.
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Dupont C. Defusing contested authority : EU energy efficiency policymaking. JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION. 2020;42(1):95–110.
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C. Dupont, “Defusing contested authority : EU energy efficiency policymaking,” JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 95–110, 2020.
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  author       = {Dupont, Claire},
  issn         = {0703-6337},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION},
  keywords     = {Political Science and International Relations,Sociology and Political Science,Subsidiarity,Contestation,Framing,Energy Union,Energy Efficiency,CLIMATE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {95--110},
  title        = {Defusing contested authority : EU energy efficiency policymaking},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2019.1708346},
  volume       = {42},
  year         = {2020},
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