The Sussex Energy Group

The Power of Political Paradigms - UK energy policy at the crossroads?

Policies to support a transition to a low carbon economy are constrained by the existing political paradigm in UK energy policy. The current 'regulatory state paradigm' with its focus on technology-blind, market-based instruments has been argued to obstruct progress towards a sustainable energy system. Recent energy policy developments indicate that the paradigm might be changing and thus open up possibilities for a move towards a low carbon economy. The project will be examining to what extent and in what ways the current energy policy paradigm in the UK is changing.
Contact: Florian Kern and Catherine Mitchell

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Policy paradigms as part of the landscape: How do policy paradigms influence attempts to govern transitions?