The EU Energy Union: A Normative Institutionalist Evaluation

Gulliver Boe Jarvad, Nicklas Boe Nielsen & Johan Heide Mamsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project investigates the newly proposed EU Energy Union from a Normative Institutionalist approach, evaluating how the adoption of normative commitments by the Member States could under the fulfillment of certain conditions reduce the interdependence between the EU and Russia. The project evaluates the applicability of Normative Institutionalism in a policy field, which has always been dominated by national decision-making and thereby usually subject to realistic and Intergovernmentalist approaches. Through a critical examination of 4 selected key areas of the Energy Union and a theoretical discussion, we conclude that Normative Institutionalism does indeed present a valid approach to assess the unique potential that exists in the Energy Union proposal. Furthermore we present an argument that the Energy Union can drastically change the EU-Russia relations if the assumptions of normative and policy commitments withstand the future policy negotiations.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2015
VejledereJesper Dahl Kelstrup


  • EU
  • International Relations
  • Energy Union
  • Russia