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Energy Policy Making in the EU

Building the Agenda

  • Jale Tosun
  • Sophie Biesenbender
  • Kai Schulze

Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jale Tosun, Sophie Biesenbender, Kai Schulze
    Pages 1-17
  3. Patterns of Agenda Building and Legislative Activities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Petya Alexandrova, Arco Timmermans
      Pages 41-61
  4. The Commission as Policy Entrepreneur

  5. Influential Member States

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Robert Henry Cox, Mariam Dekanozishvili
      Pages 167-184
  6. Framing and Reframing

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Jale Tosun, Sophie Biesenbender, Kai Schulze
      Pages 247-263

About this book


The book adopts an innovative analytical approach to agenda setting by not only presenting successful cases in which energy issues were addressed by means of public policy, but by also analyzing failed attempts to make issues part of the European policy agenda. Another outstanding feature of the book is its use of the latest empirical data on a broad range of energy issues.

When are energy issues likely to find their way to the agenda of European policymakers? This is the key research question guiding this collection of empirical studies, which will shed light on both successful and unsuccessful attempts to include energy issues in the European agenda. The multi-level political system of the European Union represents a particularly fruitful setting for addressing this question due to the multiple institutional access points it provides for different groups of actors. The book has three key benefits. First, it provides a theory-informed analysis of agenda setting processes in general and in the European Union in particular. Second, it presentsan overview of the most important and emerging dimensions on European energy policy, and third, it helps to develop a research agenda for future research in the field.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jale Tosun
    • 1
  • Sophie Biesenbender
    • 2
  • Kai Schulze
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Political ScienceHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ)BerlinGermany
  3. 3.Faculty of Economics and Social SciencesUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

About the editors

All three editors have broad experience in executing empirical analyses in political science, with a strong emphasis on comparative research in environmental policy, energy policy, social policy and consumer protection policy. The editors have been involved in international research networks. Two possess teaching experience at universities in Germany as well as in Canada, Estonia, Italy and Turkey.

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