The political dynamics of green transformations: The roles of policy feedback and institutional context
By: Matthew Lockwood – Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter
EPG Working Paper: 1403
Green transformations, including in energy policy, are likely to take several decades and so need to be sustained politically over long periods of time. A key factor in whether this happens or not is the political impact of policies, i.e. ‘policy feedback’, which is likely to depend partly on the design of policies. Policy design itself will be heavily influenced by prevailing policy paradigms, and the articulation between policies and political effects may also be amplified or dampened by the institutional context. These ideas are applied to the contrasting cases of renewable energy policy in Germany and the UK, where the greater momentum of the former is linked to the political effects of the feed-in tariff policy design in a supportive institutional context.
Keywords: politics, renewable energy policy, institutions, Germany, UK
Date: April 2014
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