The Politics Stream

  • Oscar Fitch-RoyEmail author
  • Jenny Fairbrass
Part of the Progressive Energy Policy book series (PEP)


The politics stream represents the large-scale political trends in which the policy process is embedded. This chapter provides an account of the politics stream, tracing important national and European political trends such as the rise of populist sentiment, as reflected in the 2014 European Parliamentary elections and the decline of public concern for climate issues following the 2009 international climate conference. The member state positions ahead of the October 2014 EU summit which decided the 2030 targets are analysed, concluding that consensus around climate and energy priorities was in short supply.


European Parliament Public opinion European Council Climate change 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Energy Policy GroupUniversity of ExeterPenrynUK
  2. 2.Norwich Business SchoolUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

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