Energy Policy Coherence from an Intra-Institutional Perspective: Energy Security and Environmental Policy Coordination within the European Commission

European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 19, Article 2 (2015)

29 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2015

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Iulii Selianko

University of Osnabrück

Andrea Lenschow

University of Osnabruck

Date Written: January 21, 2015

Abstract

Utilising the theoretical framework of discursive institutionalism, this article investigates the problem of policy incoherence. We suggest focusing on the micro-level of policy-shaping processes through the lenses of discursive institutionalism as it is the most suitable approach to study the combination of institutional factors and actor-interaction.

Empirically we focus on the field of energy policy, where despite the introduction of specific coordinative mechanisms, high levels of policy incoherence prevail. We further zoom in at the preparatory stage of policy-making, where policy coherence can be assumed to be highest, in the intra-institutional politics in the Commission. In this setting we study the implications of intra-institutional coordinative discourse and ask under what conditions it affects policy coherence. In this quest, the process of energy policy-making inside the European Commission is further exemplified by a detailed case study about the Energy Efficiency Directive. Evidence suggests that even in an institutional context that is formally favourable to policy coordination, policy coherence may fail in highly politicized contexts and within an unproductive mode of coordinative discourse that undermines the moderation of sharply differing ideas between DGs.

Keywords: European Commission, energy policy, environmental policy, institutions, legislative procedure, neo-institutionalism, policy coordination, discourse, political science

Suggested Citation

Selianko, Iulii and Lenschow, Andrea, Energy Policy Coherence from an Intra-Institutional Perspective: Energy Security and Environmental Policy Coordination within the European Commission (January 21, 2015). European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 19, Article 2 (2015), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2554322

Iulii Selianko (Contact Author)

University of Osnabrück ( email )

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Postfach 44 69
Osnabrück, 49074
Germany

Andrea Lenschow

University of Osnabruck ( email )

Neuer Graben
Osnabrück, 49074
Germany

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