Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain: the politics of institutional change

Lockwood, Matthew (2016) Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain: the politics of institutional change. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 18. pp. 111-127. ISSN 2210-4224

[img] PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (673kB)

Abstract

Innovation in electricity distribution networks will be an important element in the transition to a sustainable low-carbon energy system. The nature of networks as regulated monopolies means that the locus of the evolution of protective space for innovation is regulatory institutions, and that the politics of creating protective space is the politics of institutional change. In this paper, I examine the case of Britain, where protective space for research, development and demonstration projects was created over the course of the 2000s in the form of funding mechanisms within the regulatory regime. The case study is used to test structural and discursive theories of gradual institutional change. I conclude that these theoretical frameworks are consistent with the evidence, but that the characterisations of regime actors and of dominant paradigms are insufficiently flexible. I also conclude that the framework for innovation in the British regulator remains incomplete.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF1338 Public administration
Depositing User: Matthew Lockwood
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2019 10:10
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 20:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81472

View download statistics for this item

📧 Request an update