Energy Security Logics in Europe: Threat, Risk or Emancipation?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Energy Security Logics in Europe

Threat, Risk or Emancipation?, 1st Edition

By Izabela Surwillo


226 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This book analyzes energy security dynamics in Europe through the prism of security logics.

Drawing on the literature on securitization, security logics and security contexts, it scrutinizes energy security debates and policy developments in Germany, Poland and Ukraine, focusing on the pipeline politics, nuclear energy and renewables sector. The contextualized analysis accounts for the wider historical, socio-economic and cultural background from which energy policies emerge and gives a voice to the different stakeholders—from policymakers to the local NGO sector. The book sheds light on the root causes of different energy policy decisions and illustrates that European energy security is currently driven by four security logics—war, subsistence, risk and emancipation. The logic of emancipation is a newly emergent phenomenon embraced by many bottom-up citizens’ initiatives and manifested in their drive to self-reliance, the rhetoric of liberation and local practices of energy production. The conceptualization and analysis of the emancipatory logic vis-à-vis other energy security logics help to explain European energy context most effectively—with its background conditions, emerging trends and often controversial national policy approaches.

This book will be of much interest to students of critical security studies, energy policy and European politics in general.

Table of Contents


1. Energy Security and its Logics: Towards Contextual Analysis

2. Germany: Towards a New Energy Security Paradigm

3. Poland: Energy and Society at the Crossroads

4. Ukraine: Energy Policy within Geopolitical Constraints

5. The Energy Security Logics in Europe Revisited

About the Author

Izabela Surwillo is a postdoctoral researcher at the Metropolitan University Prague. She earned her PhD from the Central European University in Budapest and her master’s degree from the University of St. Andrews, UK. Her research interests include international relations theory, security studies and energy security.

About the Series

Routledge New Security Studies

The aim of this book series is to gather state-of-the-art theoretical reflection and empirical research into a core set of volumes that respond vigorously and dynamically to  new challenges to security studies scholarship. This is a continuation of the PRIO New Security Studies series. More information can be found at:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Europe / Eastern
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General