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Faber, H. (2023). How does falling incumbent profitability affect energy policy discourse?: The discursive construction of nuclear phaseouts and insufficient capacity as a threat in Sweden. Energy Policy, 174, Article ID 113432.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How does falling incumbent profitability affect energy policy discourse?: The discursive construction of nuclear phaseouts and insufficient capacity as a threat in Sweden
2023 (English)In: Energy Policy, ISSN 0301-4215, E-ISSN 1873-6777, Vol. 174, article id 113432Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

What happens to energy policy discourse when falling profitability makes it difficult to frame incumbent technologies as necessary for providing affordable energy? And how does this affect energy policy? This article investigates how Swedish energy policy discourse responded to a profitability crisis that struck its incumbent nuclear regime in 2016, and how a political decision to support nuclear power was legitimized. It uses Carol Bacchi’s Foucault-inspired policy analysis to analyse 13 interviews and 31 policy documents, and shows how the crisis was met with the framing of nuclear power as a “plannable” energy source (in contrast with intermittent renewables) that was necessary for ensuring capacity adequacy, and with the construction of an ultimatum: to remove a tax on nuclear power or to see nuclear power phased out so abruptly that the power system would be jeopardized. It explores the discursive and institutional conditions that enabled this framing, argues that similar discourses are likely to be constructed in other contexts where capacity adequacy is a more pressing impediment to energy transitions than in Sweden, and points out that energy research risks reproducing dominant discourses by overstating the merits of incumbent baseload technologies. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2023
Keywords
Sweden, Nuclear energy, Nuclear fuels, Profitability, Baseload capacity, Baseload capacity adequacy narrative, Capacity adequacy, Carol bacchi WPR approach, Discourse, Intermittency, Nuclear power phaseout, Regime resistance, Renewable energies, Renewable energy intermittency, alternative energy, energy policy, nuclear power, profitability, Energy policy
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51097 (URN)10.1016/j.enpol.2023.113432 (DOI)000929768000001 ()2-s2.0-85147384373 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-02-27 Created: 2023-02-27 Last updated: 2023-03-13Bibliographically approved
Gerhardt, K., Wolrath Söderberg, M., Lindblad, I., Diderichsen, Ö., Gullström, M., Dahlin, M., . . . Gradén, M. (2022). Nog nu, politiker – ta klimatkrisen på allvar. Aftonbladet (2022-08-25)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nog nu, politiker – ta klimatkrisen på allvar
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2022 (Swedish)In: Aftonbladet, no 2022-08-25Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Aftonbladet Hierta, 2022
National Category
Other Social Sciences Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49755 (URN)
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Debattartikel från 1944 svenska forskare och anställda i forskarvärlden.

Available from: 2022-08-26 Created: 2022-08-26 Last updated: 2023-10-06Bibliographically approved
Nasiritousi, N. & Faber, H. (2021). Legitimacy under institutional complexity: Mapping stakeholder perceptions of legitimate institutions and their sources of legitimacy in global renewable energy governance. Review of International Studies, 47(3), 377-398
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Legitimacy under institutional complexity: Mapping stakeholder perceptions of legitimate institutions and their sources of legitimacy in global renewable energy governance
2021 (English)In: Review of International Studies, ISSN 0260-2105, E-ISSN 1469-9044, Vol. 47, no 3, p. 377-398Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The legitimacy of international institutions has in recent years received growing interest from scholars, yet analyses of stakeholder perceptions of the legitimacy of institutions that coexist within a governance field have been few in number. Motivated by the proliferation of institutions in the field of global climate and energy governance, this study maps stakeholder perceptions of legitimate institutions and their sources of legitimacy in global renewable energy governance. Specifically, the article makes three contributions to the existing literature. Theoretically, it unpacks the legitimacy concept and offers a multidimensional conception of legitimacy. Methodologically, it captures these different dimensions of legitimacy by relying on three open survey questions. Empirically, it maps legitimacy perceptions among climate and energy experts and not only shows which institutions are considered most legitimate, but also why they are considered legitimate and how this varies between different stakeholders. The article thereby contributes to the literature on legitimacy by providing new insights into the sources of legitimacy among international institutions that operate under institutional complexity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2021
Keywords
Legitimacy; Global Renewable Energy Governance; Institutional Complexity; International Institutions
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-43144 (URN)10.1017/S0260210520000431 (DOI)000657794900006 ()2-s2.0-85099498078 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency, 40657–1
Available from: 2021-01-13 Created: 2021-01-13 Last updated: 2021-07-08Bibliographically approved
Faber, H. (2021). Thijs Van de Graaf and Benjamin K. Sovacool: Global Energy Politics [Review]. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 21, 735-738
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Thijs Van de Graaf and Benjamin K. Sovacool: Global Energy Politics
2021 (English)In: International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, ISSN 1567-9764, E-ISSN 1573-1553, Vol. 21, p. 735-738Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2021
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-45323 (URN)10.1007/s10784-020-09522-3 (DOI)000638039100001 ()
Available from: 2021-05-06 Created: 2021-05-06 Last updated: 2021-11-02Bibliographically approved
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