Intermediating policy for transitions towards net-zero energy buildings

Kivimaa, Paula, Primmer, Eeva and Lukkarinen, Jani (2020) Intermediating policy for transitions towards net-zero energy buildings. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. ISSN 2210-4224

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Abstract

The roles of intermediaries in sustainability transitions are increasingly recognised. How intermediaries advance transitions vis-a-vis public policy has, however, received little attention. Thus, we create an analytical framework of intermediating policy processes, drawing from transition and policy cycle literatures. We apply this to investigate two policy processes pertaining to Finland’s building energy efficiency. The findings show how the central role of the Ministry of the Environment and high political attention have reduced the need for intermediation by external organisations in agenda setting and policy formulation. However, intermediaries external to the Ministry have been vital in facilitating policy implementation. The cases show that facilitating training as an intermediary activity can be undertaken by different organisations, such as a trade union, a government agency or an education committee. Based on our analysis, we argue that, when political attention on transitions is low, the need for intermediary action is likely to be higher.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Intermediaries; Energy efficiency; Buildings; Climate change mitigation; Sustainability transitions; Policy cycle
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN7390 Finland
Depositing User: Paula Kivimaa
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2020 08:22
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 08:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/89675

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