Comparative Renewables Policy: Political, Organizational and European Fields

Open Access book published by Routledge

By Elin Lerum Boasson, Merethe Dotterud Leiren, Jørgen Wettestad

We want to highlight a new open access source on renewables schemes across Europe. The book explains why countries have varying renewable s schemes. It challenges one-eyed technology-focused accounts of renewables policy and argues that politics matters.

According to Routledge, the “book develops a multi-field explanatory approach, capturing inter-relationships between actors often analyzed in isolation. It provides empirically rich and systematically conducted comparative case studies on the political dynamics of the ongoing energy transition in six European countries. While France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom opted for ‘technology-specific’ renewables support mixes, Norway and Sweden embarked on ‘technology-neutral’ support mixes. Differences between the two groups result from variations in domestic political and organizational fields, but developments over time in the European environment also spurred variation. These findings challenge more simplistic and static accounts of Europeanization.”

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