|Securitization and state encroachment on the energy sector: Politics of exception in Poland's energy governance
|As energy security becomes a key topic of policy debates, not least in Central and Eastern European states, which are vulnerable to gas supply disruptions from Russia, it has been suggested that EU energy policy becomes ‘securitized’. However, full securitization attempts, which not only identify threats but also call for exceptional measures to deal with them, are relatively rare in the energy sector. Why do governmental actors initiate securitizing moves aimed at implementing exceptional measures in the energy sector, and what explains the acceptance of certain moves or measures and dismissal of others? This paper looks at Poland, comparing two examples of such moves. Drawing on a primary document analysis, the paper shows how a shared socio-technical imaginary provided an anchor for the successful securitization of the nuclear project, while liberal market discourses limited audience acceptance of the securitizing move in the power sector. Securitization appears to be a mechanism triggered when core state powers over energy are challenged from below (civil society, market actors) and above (supranational institutions), particularly in already securitized contexts. The paper concludes with the value added of Securitization Theory for energy policy studies and lays out a Critical Energy Security Studies agenda, which can build on it. © 2019 The Author
|Critical security studies; Energy security; Nuclear energy; Poland; Securitization; Utilities
|Commerce; Energy security; Nuclear energy; Document analysis; EU energy policies; Nuclear projects; Poland; Securitization; Security studies; Supply disruption; Utilities; Energy policy; alternative energy; energy policy; energy resource; European Union; governance approach; nuclear power; resource assessment; Poland [Central Europe]
|Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway
Szulecki K.. Securitization and state encroachment on the energy sector: Politics of exception in Poland's energy governance[J],2020,136.
Szulecki K..(2020).Securitization and state encroachment on the energy sector: Politics of exception in Poland's energy governance.Energy policy,136.
Szulecki K.."Securitization and state encroachment on the energy sector: Politics of exception in Poland's energy governance".Energy policy 136(2020).
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