How and why Do Policies Change?: A Comparison of Renewable Electricity Policies in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK

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Peter Lang, 2008 - Political Science - 317 pages
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How and why do policies change? The author addresses this question by examining the renewable electricity policies of five European countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK) over the last thirty years.
Employing a comparative approach that is qualitative yet consistent and rigorous, she describes how these countries' policies changed over time, whether incrementally or comprehensively, and shows how those changes may be explained, citing political, economic, social, and technological factors.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Theoretical Framework
17
European Policy
63
RESE Policy in Belgium
77
RESE Policy in Denmark
115
RESE Policy in Germany
155
Overview of the Electricity Sector
156
Overview of the RESE Policy History in Germany 19742000
159
Interpretation of RESE Policy Change in the Netherlands
213
Explaining RESE Policy Change in the Netherlands
214
Conclusion
224
RESE Policy in the United Kingdom
227
Overview of the Electricity Sector
228
Overview of the RESE Policy History in the UK 19791997
231
RESE Policy Change in UK 19982004
240
Interpretation of RESE Policy Change in the UK
248

RESE Policy Change in Germany 20002004
165
Interpretation of RESE Policy Change in Germany
171
Explaining RESE Policy Change in Germany
173
Conclusion
182
RESE Policy in the Netherlands
185
Overview of the Electricity Sector
187
Overview of the RESE Policy History in the Netherlands 19741998
191
Liberalisation of the Electricity Market in the Netherlands 19982002
198
RESE Policy Change in the Netherlands 20022003
208
Explaining RESE Policy Change in the UK
250
Conclusion
258
Comparison
261
Test of the Hypotheses
265
Explanations of Policy Changes
283
Conclusions of the Comparison
286
Conclusion
289
References
297
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The Author: Isabelle de Lovinfosse holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Universit catholique de Louvain (Belgium). She specializes in public policy analysis and her research focuses on renewable energy policies in Europe. After several years of research and teaching in the academic sector, she is now pursuing her career in London in the private sector.

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