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Power Trips: Europeanization, Market-Governance, and Energy Policy in the Western Balkans

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JournalPolicy and Society
DateE-pub ahead of print - 15 Aug 2011
DatePublished (current) - Sep 2011
Issue number3
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)197-207
Early online date15/08/11
Original languageEnglish


This paper examines how the EU seeks to export its 'market-governance' approach to energy policy to the Western Balkans: developing open market and regulatory institutions to promote efficient, secure, and sustainable energy. The paper argues domestic change is limited to date due to normative inconsistencies within EU policy. In particular, EU pressure to open energy markets are resisted by state owners and the domestic energy-intensive industries they subsidize, while environmental groups argue the EU has privileged market liberalization over environmental goals. The result is simple 'adoption' of EU rules with little evidence of transformation of the status quo.

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