Conceptual and empirical advances in analysing policy mixes for energy transitions

Rogge, Karoline S, Kern, Florian and Howlett, Michael (2017) Conceptual and empirical advances in analysing policy mixes for energy transitions. Energy Research & Social Science, 33. pp. 1-10. ISSN 2214-6296

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Energy transitions face multiple barriers, lock-in, path dependencies and resistance to change which require
strategic policy efforts to be overcome. In this regard, it has been increasingly recognised that a multiplicity of instruments – or instrument mixes – are needed to foster low-carbon transitions. In addition, over the past few years a broader conceptualization of policy mixes for sustainability transitions has emerged which we adopt in
this special issue. Such a broader perspective not only examines the interaction of instruments, but also captures corresponding policy strategies with their long-term targets and pays greater attention to the associated policy processes. It also encompasses the analysis of overarching policy mix characteristics such as consistency, coherence or credibility, as well as policy design considerations. Furthermore, it embraces the analysis of actors and institutions involved in developing and implementing such policy mixes. To explicitly consider these further aspects of policy mixes, this special issue includes fifteen papers with different analytical perspectives drawing on a range of social science disciplines, such as environmental economics, innovation studies and policy sciences. It is our hope that the conceptual and empirical advances presented here will stimulate diverse future research and inform policy advice on policy mixes for energy transitions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Policy mix Energy transitions Policy processes Policy strategy Consistency Coherence
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE170 Environmental policy
H Social Sciences
J Political Science
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Depositing User: Karoline Rogge
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 15:01
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 17:20

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