Designing Policy Mixes for Resource Efficiency: The Role of Public Acceptability

Bicket, M. and Vanner, R. 2016. Designing Policy Mixes for Resource Efficiency: The Role of Public Acceptability. Sustainability. 8 (4), p. 366.

TitleDesigning Policy Mixes for Resource Efficiency: The Role of Public Acceptability
AuthorsBicket, M. and Vanner, R.
Abstract

Where the public acceptability of a policy can influence its chance of success, it is important to anticipate and mitigate potential concerns. This paper applies search frequency analysis and a form of claims-making analysis to identify public acceptability concerns among fourteen policies proposed by the EU-funded DYNAMIX project to achieve EU resource efficiency. Key points of contention in the corresponding public discourses focus primarily on trust, fairness, effectiveness and cost. We use our findings to provide specific recommendations for the design and implementation of the proposed policy mix which are intended to improve the public acceptability of contentious aspects, and highlight some broader insights for policymakers.

Keywordspublic acceptability
sustainability transitions
resource efficiency
policy mix
policy sequencing
JournalSustainability
Journal citation8 (4), p. 366
ISSN2071-1050
Year2016
PublisherMDPI
Publisher's versionsustainability-08-00366-2.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3390/su8040366
Publication dates
Published13 Apr 2016
LicenseCC BY 4.0

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