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Arnaud de Graaf
Professor of International Policy and Fiscal Autonomy. The author is on the staff of the Erasmus School of Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and the Netherlands Ministry of Finance. His contribution, as guest editor, to this special issue of Erasmus Law Review was undertaken as part of the ESL research program on ‘Fiscal autonomy and its boundaries’.

Prof. Arnaud de Graaf
Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Prof. dr. Klaus Heine
Erasmus School of Law, Tax Law Department, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
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De Sino-Europese relaties inzake schone energie: partners of rivalen?

Journal Res Publica, Issue 1 2014
Keywords EU-China, renewable energy, trade disputes
Authors Thijs Van de Graaf
AbstractAuthor's information

    This article examines EU-China relations with regard to two key renewable energy sectors, wind and solar. It finds that, although there have been sources for trade disputes in both sectors, trade frictions have surfaced most prominently in the solar sector. The reason is a double imbalance between the manufacturing and deployment of solar panels, both geographically (with China producing the bulk of solar panels almost exclusively for export) and numerically (with structural overcapacity). Yet, the image of a zero-sum bilateral trade war over solar panels is exaggerated, because there are both opponents and proponents of trade defense measures in China and the EU. The study further argues that the solar dispute is part and parcel of a global wave of clean energy trade frictions and it explores pathways to settle the issue through the negotiation of a multilateral agreement on environmental goods and services.


Thijs Van de Graaf
Thijs Van de Graaf is doctor-assistent aan de Vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent. Hij voert onderzoek naar internationale energiepolitiek.

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn
Bastiaan van Apeldoorn is universitair hoofddocent internationale betrekkingen aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op de politieke economie van de Amerikaanse geopolitiek en de internationale politieke economie van het Europese integratieproces. In beide gevallen staat de rol van economische elites centraal. Hij is de auteur van onder meer Transnational Capitalism and the Struggle over European Integration (Routledge, 2002) en Neoliberalism in Crisis (geredigeerd met Henk Overbeek, Palgrave, 2012).

Naná de Graaff
Naná de Graaff is universitair docent internationale betrekkingen aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Haar onderzoek richt zich op de veranderende globale energierelaties door de opkomst van nieuwe machten/economieën zoals China en Rusland en de expansie van staatsenergiebedrijven. Daarnaast doet ze onderzoek naar de politieke economie van de Amerikaanse geopolitiek. In beide onderzoeksprojecten staan de rol van economische elites en de sociale netwerken waarvan zij deel uitmaken centraal.
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