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Sustainable Development and Governance in Europe by Thomas C. Hoerber, Pamela M. Barnes

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6    The European energy policy and its ‘green dimension’

Discursive hegemony and policy variations in the greening of energy policy

Israel Solorio, Mischa Bechberger and Lucia Popartan

Introduction

As energy issues gain prominence on the European Union (EU)’s policy agenda, academic interest in the policy arena has also grown. Recent research has concentrated on the complex nature of energy policy in Europe (with new developments in the internal market, environment and external relations areas) and the challenge it poses to the EU’s policy-making (Buchan 2009; Tosun and Solorio 2011; Birchfield and Duffield 2011; Morata and Solorio 2012). A broad consensus has emerged that the environmental concerns regarding energy consumption have been among ...

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