SUBSIDIZING POPULATION OR DEPARTURE FROM PATERNALISM: ACHIEVE THE BALANCE OF INTERESTS OF INDIVIDUAL, SOCIETY, STATE

  • S. Zavgorodnia
Keywords: interests, person, civil society, balanced state paternalism, reformation of energy markets, efficient energy use, subsidizing energy supply

Abstract

The article focuses on the problem of finding a balance between the interests of the individual, society and the state arising from the abandonment of the policy of subsidizing energy supply, the refusal of the formation of prices and tariffs on the principle of “cost plus” and the implementation of targeted social support for vulnerable energy consumers. It is noted that the reformation of the internal energy markets simultaneously have to foresee the reconciliation of personal and public interests, provided that they are maximally accounted for and managed, and the application in the modern conditions of state-building of balanced state paternalism have to combine targeted social support of separate sections of the population with the processes of social self-organization, creating conditions for realizing the needs of the population in energy resources by their own efforts. Reforming energy subsidies in the direction from subsidizing producers to addressing help of vulnerable energy consumers in the long run leads to an increase of public welfare, but at the same time forces the person of that measure of responsibility that he has not previously required – a conservative use of energy resources and management efficiency. It is envisaged the formation of a person as an object and subject of coordination of interests for energy-efficient and energy-saving consumption. It is found out the place and role of institutes of civil society as important representatives of social interests, influential mediators between their carriers and state authorities, which should direct efforts to reconcile the interests of the person with socially important interests, by transforming their orientation towards the values of society. This will help to neutralize the paternalistic expectations of the population and the belief in the existence of cheap energy resources, the formation of the responsibility of the population for economical and energy-efficient consumption, and also an important role in ensuring public stability.

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Published
2018-12-19
How to Cite
Zavgorodnia, S. (2018). SUBSIDIZING POPULATION OR DEPARTURE FROM PATERNALISM: ACHIEVE THE BALANCE OF INTERESTS OF INDIVIDUAL, SOCIETY, STATE. Strategic Priorities, 48(3-4), 92-99. Retrieved from https://niss-priority.com/index.php/journal/article/view/224