The challenge of policy coordination for sustainable sociotechnical transitions: the case of the zero-carbon homes agenda in England

Greenwood, D. 2012. The challenge of policy coordination for sustainable sociotechnical transitions: the case of the zero-carbon homes agenda in England. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 30 (1), pp. 162-179.

TitleThe challenge of policy coordination for sustainable sociotechnical transitions: the case of the zero-carbon homes agenda in England
AuthorsGreenwood, D.
Abstract

Emerging in recent research on sociotechnical transitions towards a low-carbon economy is the question of the extent to which such transitions require centralised, intentional coordination by government. Drawing from Hayek's conceptualisation of coordination, I evaluate the effectiveness of policy for low-carbon and zero-carbon homes in England. A detailed analysis is presented of how policy makers address complex choices and trade-offs as well as significant uncertainty. Particular attention is given to those policy decisions which are widely agreed by stakeholders to cause distortive effects. The focus here on the impacts of policy definition and delivery in terms of multiple evaluative criteria can complement and enrich the more process-orientated cross-sector and multilevel analyses that predominate in existing research on policy coordination. Furthermore, the coordination problems identified yield further insights into the actual and potential effectiveness of policy processes in shaping complex sociotechnical transitions.

JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Government and Policy
Journal citation30 (1), pp. 162-179
ISSN0263-774X
Year2012
PublisherPion
FileGreenwood_2012.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1068/c1146
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Published2012

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