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Wind Power Policy Implementation: The Beliefs of Sovereigns, Policy Outputs and Policy Impacts
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3242-0726
2017 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, E-ISSN 1743-8934Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

As energy security, climate change and other environmental concerns remain prominent on the global agenda, international organizations and states have created policies intended to foster the development of renewable energy. With wind power projected to make the largest contribution to Europe’s renewable energy mix, the EU and EU member-states have created an institutional framework designed to that favor the development of wind power. While some states have been successful in reaching their renewable energy goals, others have been less so. This article seeks to understand the reasons why states are successful in achieving their intended policy outcomes despite the inherent difficulties in implementing policy. Using the Advocacy Coalition Framework as a point-of-departure, this article will explore the relationship between the beliefs of national lawmakers, policy outputs and policy impacts, as well as how these relationships can help explain wind power policy implementation.

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2017.
Keywords [en]
energy policy; renewable energy; wind power; advocacy coalition framework
National Category
Political Science Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-65785OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-65785DiVA, id: diva2:1143955
Available from: 2017-09-24 Created: 2017-09-24 Last updated: 2018-01-13
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1. Locating Wind Power Policy: The Mechanics of Policy Subsystem Interactions
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Locating Wind Power Policy: The Mechanics of Policy Subsystem Interactions
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.

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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
Identifiers
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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