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OAFP 4785 - The national debate on energy transition and its legislative process

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

Mastering public policies concepts related to the study case, notions of French Politics and Legislative Process, and basic knowledge of energy issues

Course Description

This case study focuses on the French national debate on energy transition from 2011 to 2015 and retraces various phases of a public policy at a time when nuclear energy is strongly questioned after the Fukushima accident. Students should be able to trace evolutions of energy transition through the interplay of stakeholders and their balances. Beyond political issues, legislative process based on final national debate suggestions will be studied to analyse their evolution within the Parliament

Teachers

TSUCHIYA, Miyuki (Assistante de recherche)

Pedagogical format

The class will be divided into several groups representing key stakeholders for the case study and in order to organise simulations and role players. A session will articulate simulations and role playing, summary of key points from these exercices, and theoretical perspectives

Course validation

Students will be evaluated on their ability to distinguish key stakeholders and their balances during the national debate and legislative process. They also should be able to retrace the evolution of issues and to evaluate policy and politics variables during the energy public policy elaboration. Students will be evaluated on their written notes, various sources and interwiews made and their capacity to enrich discussions and reflections in class

Workload

The study case leaves a large place to interaction through simulations and role playing. Students will have to defend ideas, interests and goals of stakeholders they represent, and to retrace the evolution of their positions during the national debate and legislative process. In order to do so, students will have to prepare session with required readings and with written notes. They will also be asked to conduct interviews

Required reading

  • Birkland T.A., « Focusing Events, Mobilization, and Agenda Setting », Journal of Public Policy, volume 18, n°1, janvier-avril 1998, p. 53-74
  • IFOP, « Les Français et le nucléaire », Poll commissioned by Le Journal du Dimanche, June 2011.
  • « Sarkozy : « Pas question que la France sorte du nucléaire » », March 3rd 2011, lefigaro.fr, http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2011/03/14/01016-20110314ARTFIG00664-sarkozy-pas-question-que-la-france-sorte-du-nucleaire.php
  • « Comment Hollande, Aubry, Royal et Montebourg se positionnent sur le nucléaire », June 1st 2011, lemonde.fr, http://www.lemonde.fr/politique/article/2011/06/01/comment-les-candidats-ps-se-positionnent-sur-le-nucleaire_1530351_823448.html