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Changing the decision space: European policy influences on energy policy and systems change in Sweden
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm Environment Institute.
2011 (English)In: Public Administration, ISSN 0033-3298, E-ISSN 1467-9299, Vol. 89, no 4, 1509-1525 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The EU takes a growing interest in governing the energy sector in its member states. Competing with national institutions, policies and organizational structures, it is however not clear whether the EU exerts a strong influence compared to other factors, and if there is such an influence, the mechanisms are not well understood. This paper examines strategic reorientation towards electricity investment in the Swedish energy sector, a ‘frontrunner case’ of Europeanization, and discusses how this change can be attributed to EU policy change, national policy change and organizational field developments respectively. It finds that EU energy policy influence has been notable, and that governance mechanisms that shape beliefs and expectations are strongly at play. However, despite growing EU clout on energy policy, field level and national policy change remain key drivers of the changing decision space in the examined time period.

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2011. Vol. 89, no 4, 1509-1525 p.
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Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-65908DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01946.xOAI: diva2:466010
Available from: 2011-12-15 Created: 2011-12-15 Last updated: 2013-07-11Bibliographically approved

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