Seminario de investigación organizado por el Grupo de Investigación EUGOV
Friday 14 December 2018, 11:00am - 01:00pm

Organizado por el Grupo de Investigación EUGOV este viernes 14 de diciembre de 11-13h (lugar: Sala de Postgrau) en colaboración con la Cátedra Jean Monnet EUPOL. Contará con la participación de Andrea Lanaia (UAB) que presentará el paper: 

Positive and Negative Integration in EU Electricity Policy Regulation: Expanding New Intergovernmentalism or Creeping Supranationalism?  

 

Abstract

The pattern of EU involvement of in energy and climate policy via both positive and negative integration has become a staple topic of scholarly research. While the EU has progressively come to regulate an area previously considered as a matter of ‘high’ politics subject to strong sovereign reservations, there is little theoretical consensus on the root causes of such dynamic. The adoption of the first integrated climate & energy package of 2009 has been mostly attributed to policy entrepreneurship by the Commission. By contrast, subsequent developments have been interpreted as a ‘new intergovernmentalist turn’ spurred by the growing involvement of the European Council in the provision of coordination among incoherent policy goals and instruments with a view to limit future domestic implementation costs and problems. Focusing on the case of electricity regulation, it is however possible to show how the initial approach to positive and negative integration has suffered from ‘joint-decision trap’ inefficiencies and how the second integrated climate & energy package currently under negotiation offers solutions that exceed the boundaries of strict intergovernmental policy coordination. Building on historical institutionalism, neofunctionalism and agenda-setting theoretical propositions, the last stage of the evolution of electricity regulation is therefore better explained by skilful and strategic exploitation on the part of supranational institutions of increased interdependence, unintended consequences and functional spillovers.