Creating protective space for innovation in electricity distribution networks in Great Britain: The politics of institutional change
By: Matthew Lockwood
Published in: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions.
Volume 18, March 2016, Pages 111–127. Available online 6 June 2015 (open access)
- The locus for protective space for innovation in network industries is the regulatory regime.
- In the case of Britain, the creation of space for RD&D has come through the layering of rules.
- Such layering can be explained partly through institutional discretion and fixed regulatory rules.
- RD&D mechanisms faced strong initial opposition from the dominant policy paradigm.
- The regulator’s framework for network innovation in GB remains incomplete.
Keywords: Institutions; Politics; Protective space; Regulation; Smart grid
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