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

Greenwood, Dan (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. ISSN 0263-774X

[img]
Preview
PDF
Greenwood_2012.pdf

Download (583kB)
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/c1146

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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2012 15:46
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2012 13:32
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/11012

Actions (login required)

Edit Item (Repository staff only) Edit Item (Repository staff only)

Downloads