Filippos Proedrou, Energy Policy and Security under Climate Change

Date01 April 2020
Published date01 April 2020
Subject MatterBook Reviews
Book Reviews 195
conceptualization of Mediterranean ‘otherness’, exposing the limits of its
representation (p. 101).
The author emphasizes more on the recent European Neighbourhood Policy
(ENP) as it offers new opportunities for both the partners. Efforts within the ENP
context should encourage the wider benefits of the democratization process to the
Southern neighbours. This will in turn influence decision makers in the EU to
adopt mutually motivating action plans concerning each southern country that is
included in the ENP. It would further help develop networks between EU and
southern neighbours and support new co-operation projects, particularly those
which impact the local populations. Therefore, rather than adopting a one-size-
fits-all list of reform priorities, the action plans should take into account the
specificities of each southern neighbour (p. 158). Michelle Pace concludes that
the ENP needs to be accompanied by political conditionalities for each Southern
neighbour, respectively.
Therefore, the two books in discussion question a conventional conception of
the Mediterranean and try to analyze it by rethinking the region in an open and
relational context. Through their approach, they explore the EU perceptions in the
Mediterranean as well as EU policy in this area and discuss the failures of the
partnership as well as provide their insights on the road ahead in establishing
stronger, efficient and coherent relations between Europe and the Mediterranean.
Overall, these books are an added value to researchers and scholars seeking a
deeper understanding of Europe-Mediterranean policies and the process as well as
the impact of EU policymaking.
Shreya Sinha
Doctoral Candidate
Centre for European Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Filippos Proedrou, Energy Policy and Security under Climate Change
(UK; Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 206+xi pp, US$129 (Hardcover),
ISBN: 978-3-319-77163-2.
DOI: 10.1177/0020881720913739
The symbiotic relationship between humans and the ecosystem took backstage
following the Industrial Revolution. Since then, the policies were made to ensure
ever-growing production and consumption. The primary victim of this growth-
centred ideology has been the environment. Now, attention is being given to
climate change. However, instead of a consensus being built, the issue has emerged
as a fundamentally political project driven by ‘the implicit trilemma between
climate change mitigation, energy security and growth’ (p. 3) notes Filippos
Proedrou, a Research Fellow in Social Policy at the University of South Wales.

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