Energy Policy in the Czech Republic: The EU as a Framing Actor?

  • Markéta Votoupalová
Keywords: Energy policy, Czech Republic, framing, actorness, European Union, Discourse-Historical Approach


Since the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, scholars have explored whether it will lead to a closer cooperation between the Member States and the EU institutions in the field of energy policy. However, little attention has been paid to the concept of actorness, namely to whether the EU is able to frame the discourse on energy policy in the Member States. This study seeks to examine whether the EU can be perceived as a framing actor in the Czech Republic and whether its framing power differs across various topics and genres of the political discourse. Methodologically, the article draws on the Discourse-Historical Approach. As the findings suggest, the framing does not differ significantly across topics but rather depending on the respective genre. Also, the framing occurs both explicitly and implicitly as well as independently of whether the political parties agree or disagree with the European position.

Author Biography

Markéta Votoupalová

born in 1988, studied International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Economics, Prague and Czech-German Intercultural Communication and Scandinavian Studies (Danish) at Charles University in Prague. Currently, she is affiliated with the University of Economics, Prague as an Assistant Professor. She leads various courses ranging from Migration in IR to The EU as an Actor in IR and Globalization. Her research interests include discourse analysis, international migration, freedom of movement, the Schengen Area, asylum policies, energy policies, state sovereignty, the notion of boundaries, and solidarity. She has also worked for various NGO’s, the Ministry of Interior and the Probation and Mediation Service.