Exploring the re-emergence of industrial policy: Perceptions regarding low-carbon energy transitions in Germany, the United Kingdom and Denmark

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Phil Johnstone, Karoline S. Rogge, Paula Kivimaa, Chiara Farné Fratini, Eeva Primmer. Exploring the re-emergence of industrial policy: Perceptions regarding low-carbon energy transitions in Germany, the United Kingdom and Denmark. Energy Research & Social Science 74 (2021), 101889. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101889

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Title: Exploring the re-emergence of industrial policy: Perceptions regarding low-carbon energy transitions in Germany, the United Kingdom and Denmark
Author: Johnstone, Phil; Rogge, Karoline S.; Kivimaa, Paula; Farné Fratini, Chiara; Primmer, Eeva
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 2021
Language: en
Belongs to series: Energy Research & Social Science 74
ISSN: 2214-6296
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/331929
Abstract: Industrial policy has re-emerged as an area of policy discussion in recent years, but the characteristics and role of industrial policy vary across national contexts. Particularly, the role of industrial policy in the ongoing energy transitions of different countries has received little attention. We introduce an analytical framework to explore the relationship between industrial policy and different energy policy trajectories and apply this framework in an empirical analysis of the perceptions of key stakeholders in the energy sector in Germany, the United Kingdom and Denmark. We identify four key elements of industrial policy – industrial visions, industrial policy instruments, industrial policy governance, and employment concerns – and based on these analyse perceptions of how industrial policy has facilitated changes in the energy system of the three countries. We find significant differences in industrial policy styles for low-carbon transitions, reflecting broader differences in political institutions and cultures. Our analysis shows how sustainability transitions relate to industrial policy, and which elements can act as enablers and barriers to low-carbon transitions.
Subject: industrial policy
energy transition
policy style
UK
United Kingdom
Denmark
Germany
low-carbon
low-carbon energy transitions
Subject (ysa): teollisuuspolitiikka
kestävä kehitys
energiapolitiikka
Iso-Britannia
Saksa
Tanska


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