This book explores the issue of energy poverty in post-communist Europe and shows how it is viewed and addressed through public policies.
Energy poverty is severely affecting many parts of the European Union, but up until now only a few comparative analyses have been developed to understand the phenomenon and its diversity throughout the region. Filling this gap, this volume focusses specifically on the Eastern European Region, drawing on contributions that cover a wide range of countries including Germany, Poland, Romania and Hungary. This region has undergone significant transitions over the past three decades, but as the contributions demonstrate, it still faces major challenges to providing clean and affordable energy to its citizens and renovating existing housing stock. The chapters explore the extent of energy poverty in each country and examine the drivers, whilst casting a light on how policymakers tackle the issue through a critical examination of the instruments implemented to help the energy poor.
This book will be of great interest to researchers in the fields of energy policy and comparative politics, to policymakers in post-communist countries and EU institutions, and also to other relevant actors, such as companies and NGOs who focus on issues of energy poverty.
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George Jiglau is Researcher and Lecturer in Political Science at the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Anca Sinea is an Energy Policy Researcher at Center for the Study of Democracy, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Ute Dubois is an Associate Professor of Economics at ISG International Business School Paris, France
Philipp Biermann is an Economics and Social Science Researcher at University of Magdeburg, Germany
Foreword by Stefan Bouzarovski
1. Introduction: Energy Poverty and its Drivers in Post-Communist Europe: The Visible, the Measurable and the Hidden
Part 1: Energy Poverty and Politics
2. Energy Poverty in Hungary: Trapped in Politics
Anna Zsófia Bajomi, Nóra Feldmár, and Lea Koszeghy
3. Inconsistencies in Policy-Making as Drivers of Energy Poverty in Bulgaria
Maria Jeliazkova, Veneta Krasteva, and Douhomir Minev
4. The Role of NGOs in the Emergence of Energy Poverty as a Policy Issue in Slovenia
Lidija Zivcic and Tomislav Tkalec
Part 2: Energy Poverty, Energy, and Poverty
5. Energy Poverty in a Subsistence-Like Economy: The Case of North Macedonia
6. Energy Poverty as Heating Poverty in Lithuania
7. Energy Poverty Between Energy Paradigms in Poland
Jakub Sokolowski, Damian Zelewski, Joanna Stepien, and Piotr Lewandowski
8. On How to Fix a Sturdy Energy Poverty System in Romania
Part 3: Regional Variations of Energy Poverty
9. Hidden Energy Poverty: The Case of the Czech Republic
Hedvika Kodousková and Lukás Lehotský
10. Energy Poverty in East and West Germany: Divided We (Still) Stand?
11. Regional Disparities as Roots of Energy Poverty in Slovakia
Dusana Dokupilova and Richard Filcak
12. Conclusions: Energy Poverty as a Threat to Democracy in Post-Communist Countries
Dewey Decimal Classfication (DDC)