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The Nordic electricity system as a common-pool resource.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is about the work of Nordel, an advisory body set up in 1963 by the largest power companies in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The purpose of Nordel was to strengthen and consolidate Nordic cooperation in the production and transmission of electrical power. The analysis has been conducted by using Elinor Ostrom’s framework for studying common-pool resources, which is described in her book Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action (1990). The thesis concludes that Nordel reaffirmed the bilateral practises already established by the individual power companies and was circumscribed by national energy policies. Nordel’s main contribution to the Nordic cooperation was to act as a forum for common technical issues and general aims, and as a knowledge-producing organisation.

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2011. , 50 p.
Keyword [en]
Common-pool resources, institutions, socio-technical systems, energy policies
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Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-158086OAI: diva2:437865
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-08-30 Created: 2011-08-30 Last updated: 2011-08-30Bibliographically approved

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