A Polish policy paradox : reasons behind a shift in domestic energy policy

Date

2021-05-05

Authors

Muehlberger, Olivia Mae

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Publisher

Abstract

Recently, Poland’s governing party, Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS), reassessed its approach to domestic energy policy. Countries around the world have noticed a steepening decline of the coal industry, discussed growing commitments to climate policy and have considered avenues toward renewables technology investments. Poland is no exception, but the pace of change is even more rapid. What has influenced Poland’s governing party, PiS, to change the course of energy policy so quickly? This paper argues that PiS made this shift due to increasing, negative economic factors, shift in public opinion regarding environmental awareness, and increased pressure from the EU. There is strong evidence concluding all three factors played a role in PiS' decision to change domestic energy policy to phase out coal and invest in different technologies, primarily nuclear.

Department

Description

LCSH Subject Headings

Citation