Going beyond instrument interactions: towards a more comprehensive policy mix conceptualization for environmental technological change

Rogge, Karoline S and Reichardt, Kristin (2015) Going beyond instrument interactions: towards a more comprehensive policy mix conceptualization for environmental technological change. Working Paper. SPRU Working Paper Series, Brighton.

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Abstract

Reaching a better understanding of the policies and politics of transitions presents a main agenda item in the emerging field of sustainability transitions. One important requirement for these transitions, such as the move towards a decarbonized energy system, is the redirection and acceleration of technological change, for which policies play a key role. Several studies of policies supporting environmental technological change have argued for the need to combine different policy instruments in so-called policy mixes. However, existing policy mix studies often fall short of reflecting the complexity and dynamics of actual policy mixes and the underlying politics of (re)designing them. In this
paper we take a first step towards a more comprehensive, interdisciplinary policy mix concept for environmental technological change based on a review of the bodies of literature on innovation studies, environmental economics and policy analysis. The concept introduces a clear terminology and consists of the three building blocks elements, processes and characteristics, which can be delineated by several dimensions. Throughout the
paper, we illustrate the concept using the example of the policy mix for fostering the transition of the German energy system to renewable power generation technologies.
We argue that the proposed concept provides an integrating analytical framework for empirical studies analyzing the impact of the policy mix on environmental technological change and sustainability transitions more broadly. Finally, we derive policy implications and suggest avenues for future research.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Keywords: Policy mix, policy strategy, instrument mix, policy making and implementation, consistency, coherence, credibility, comprehensiveness, environmental technological change, eco-innovation, sustainability transitions
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit > SPRU Working Paper Series
Depositing User: Karoline Rogge
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2015 09:31
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2015 09:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53638

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