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Network management and renewable energy development: An analytical framework with empirical illustrations
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3242-0726
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1685-5527
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2264-7043
Number of Authors: 32017 (English)In: Energy Research & Social Science, ISSN 2214-6296, E-ISSN 2214-6326, Vol. 23, p. 199-210Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The promotion of renewable energy is an essential component of energy and climate policies, but it is increasingly recognized that the transition toward an increased use of renewable energy sources constitutes a complex socio-political process. Policy is manifested in multi-actor networks beyond formal hierarchies and must therefore build on a comprehensive empirical understanding of the local collaboration processes that make investments in renewable energy projects possible. The objectives of this article are to: (a) propose an analytical framework within which the local development processes leading to renewable energy investments can be understood, in particular emphasizing the management of the relevant actor networks; and (b) provide empirical illustrations of the framework based on existing research. The article argues that, based on network management theory, some network structures can be expected to be more successful than others in facilitating renewable energy development, and we recognize the ways in which networks and their structure tend to be placed within certain institutional contexts of rules. By consulting selected research on wind power development at the local level we illustrate the added value of the proposed framework, and outline the seeds of a future research agenda.

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2017. Vol. 23, p. 199-210
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Economics Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Economics; Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-59813DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2016.09.005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85006055080OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-59813DiVA, id: diva2:1038465
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Swedish Energy AgencySwedish Research Council Formas
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Validerad; 2017; Nivå 2; 2016-12-29 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-10-18 Created: 2016-10-18 Last updated: 2018-01-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Locating Wind Power Policy: The Mechanics of Policy Subsystem Interactions
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2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This dissertation investigates the drivers behind political decision-making and the policy outcomes resulting from political decisions. It is proposed that in policy processes where political decisions are made at multiple levels or across multiple policy subsystems, policy outcomes can be understood in terms of the mechanisms (i.e. the processes or means) of interaction between multiple policy subsystems within which political decisions are made,resulting in more or less policy alignment between political decisions and policy outcomes. Policy network theory and policy subsystem theory are used separately as the basis forderiving two potential explanations for the mechanics of policy subsystem interactions. Because political decision-making authority in the wind power policy process in most Western democratic countries is spread across multiple policy subsystems, and because there has been significant variation between wind power policy outcomes between these countries, wind power policy processes in European Union countries are used as an empirical point-of-departure for exploring and illustrating the mechanics of policy subsystem interaction. A survey of the research on wind power development is used to illustrate and explore preliminary empirical indications of support for a framework derived from policy network theory. The case of political decisions made in Sweden over the past twenty years related to wind power development and production is used to illustrate and explore preliminary empirical indications of support for an explanation of policy subsystem interactions derived from the Advocacy Coalition Framework proposed here, as well as to explore the drivers of political decisions. This dissertation therefore contributes to understanding how policy subsystems interact. The dissertation contributes theoretically to the literature on policy processes generally, as well as to network/network management theory, and to the Advocacy Coalition Framework/policy subsystem theory. It also contributes to understanding two strategically chosen, embedded cases within the broader case study of political decision-making in the wind power policy process in Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2017. p. 149
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
Keywords
policy analysis; policy implementation; advocacy coalition framework; network management; wind power; renewable energy
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
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urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-65790 (URN)978-91-7583-975-2 (ISBN)978-91-7583-976-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-11-03, A1547, Luleå, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-09-25 Created: 2017-09-24 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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