Energy Security Logics in Europe: Threat, Risk or Emancipation?

1st Edition

Izabela Surwillo

Routledge
Published May 9, 2019
Reference - 226 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138387683 - CAT# K399137
Series: Routledge New Security Studies

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Summary

This book analyzes energy security dynamics in Europe through the prism of security logics.

Drawing on the literature on securitization, security logics and security contexts, it scrutinizes energy security debates and policy developments in Germany, Poland and Ukraine, focusing on the pipeline politics, nuclear energy and renewables sector. The contextualized analysis accounts for the wider historical, socio-economic and cultural background from which energy policies emerge and gives a voice to the different stakeholders—from policymakers to the local NGO sector. The book sheds light on the root causes of different energy policy decisions and illustrates that European energy security is currently driven by four security logics—war, subsistence, risk and emancipation. The logic of emancipation is a newly emergent phenomenon embraced by many bottom-up citizens’ initiatives and manifested in their drive to self-reliance, the rhetoric of liberation and local practices of energy production. The conceptualization and analysis of the emancipatory logic vis-à-vis other energy security logics help to explain European energy context most effectively—with its background conditions, emerging trends and often controversial national policy approaches.

This book will be of much interest to students of critical security studies, energy policy and European politics in general.

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