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Implementing Wind Power Policy: Institutional Frameworks and The Beliefs of Sovereigns
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3242-0726
2018 (English)In: Land use policy, ISSN 0264-8377, E-ISSN 1873-5754, Vol. 72, p. 16-26Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As the development of renewable energy remains prominent on the global policy agenda, international organizations and states have created policies intended to foster renewable energy development. With wind power projected to make the largest contribution to Europe’s renewable energy mix, the EU and EU member-states have attempted to create institutional frameworks favoring the development of wind power. In many cases, however, this has proven to be a necessary, but insufficient, condition for wind power development, making wind power policy an interesting case of policy implementation. Because of the inherently local nature of wind power development, the influence of local actors and institutions on the policy process must also be considered. This article suggests how a proposed theoretical development in the Advocacy Coalition Framework can be used to explain how concerns exogenous to local policy subsystems can affect local political decision-making and policy implementation. This approach is then used to examine the case of wind power development in Markbygden, Sweden and finds partial support for the effect of exogenous concerns on local political decision-making.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 72, p. 16-26
Keywords [en]
policy implementation; energy policy; renewable energy; wind power; advocacy coalition framework
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Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-65787DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.12.031ISI: 000425564900003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85038222050OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-65787DiVA, id: diva2:1143957
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-01-02 (svasva)

Available from: 2017-09-24 Created: 2017-09-24 Last updated: 2018-03-15Bibliographically 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.

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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
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urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-65790 (URN)978-91-7583-975-2 (ISBN)978-91-7583-976-9 (ISBN)
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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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