The Energy Security Crisis 2004–2007: Russia and the Politicisation of Energy
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This chapter bridges the gap between the consistency of pro-market ideas and narratives in the face of various challenges, which we saw in chapter 4, and chapter 6 where the PEPP undergoes more profound alteration. This period from 2004 to 2007 can be characterised as one in which a security of supply crisis became widely perceived – that is, in public, elite and some academic circles – but not one in which the PEPP was rejected. It is argued here, however, that the security of supply crisis and the degree to which it dominated crisis debates did lead to a politicisation of energy, certainly of a momentary nature. The crisis narrative that emerged, based on geopolitical ideas about national energy dependence and vulnerability, stood in direct contrast to recent pronouncements about ‘benign’ international energy and positive energy interdependence in the 2003 Energy White Paper (DTI 2003).
KeywordsEnergy Policy Energy Sector Energy Security Caspian Basin Climate Target
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