Energy Policy in the Baltics: A Study of Regional Cooperation Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Parks, Jessica
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
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  • Regionalism, especially in the form of macro-regions, has emerged as a force of cooperation and integration within the European Union. The Baltic states, who have cooperated more closely since acceding to the EU, provide an effective case study for testing the unifying power of regionalism. As small states that have shared a damaging dependence on Russian energy imports, the three Baltic states share the incentive to cooperate as a region and develop their internal gas, oil, and electricity capacities. The Baltic states have displayed uneven tendencies of cooperation when it comes to energy, however. After presenting an overview of regionalism in the EU, this paper examines EU policy regarding energy in the Baltics, energy ties between the Baltics and other countries, and specific energy projects in the Baltics to show that while the Baltics do not yet have a strong tradition of cooperation in the energy sector, they have laid the groundwork to strengthen future ties.
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  • Jenkins, Robert
  • Stephens, John
  • Hooghe, Liesbet
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017
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