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Author Rossetti di Valdalbero, Domenico Author.

Title The Power of Science Economic research and European decision-making: The case of energy and environment policies Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero [electronic resource]

Published Brussels P.I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Éditions Scientifiques Internationales 201206, c2010


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Edition 1st, New ed.
Physical description 297 p.
Contents Contents: Energy Research in the European Union – Scientific Controversies on Energy Foresight – Economic and Technology Modelling – European Quantitative Tools – Case Studies on EU Policies – Models ex-post Evaluation and Comparison – EU Interaction of Science and Policy – Final Discussion and Key Messages – Meta Conclusion. Science, Modelling and EU Policies.
Summary This book highlights the interaction between science and politics and between research in economics and European Union policy-making. It focuses on the use of Quantitative tools, Top-down and Bottom-up models in up-stream European decision-making process through five EU policy case studies: energy taxation, climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and internalisation of external costs. The author reveals how the European Commission grounds part of its legitimacy on the «objectivity of the figures» and on its «technical charisma». Faced by strong stakeholders, an elected European Parliament and a Council representing the national interests, the Commission defends the credibility of its policy initiatives (e.g. energy and environment targets, new market mechanisms) by scientific reports. Through an in-depth analysis of the preparatory legislation (Commission White Papers, Communications, Directive Proposals, Staff Working Documents, Impact Assessments), the author explains how the European Commission justifies economically and supports politically its initiatives. This book offers a new way of understanding the EU decision-making process with special reference to the energy and environment fields.
History notes The Author: Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero is Principal Administrator at the European Commission, DG Research (Science, Economy and Society). His main responsibilities are in the field of Forward looking activities (Foresight and Forecast), smart growth and post carbon society. He has been in charge of the «Energy-Economy-Environment» models, of world energy and technology outlooks, and of the quantification of external costs in Europe. He is the author of a hundred articles related to EU integration, Research, Energy and Environment and of the book Mapping European integration through its Cities. D. Rossetti is Secretary General of the Union of European Federalists in Belgium. Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from Paris Dauphine University and a Masters and an «Agrégation» from the Catholic University of Louvain, D. Rossetti is a specialist in European studies.
ISBN 9783035261967
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