Development of sustainable energy systems in Swedish municipalities: A matter of path dependency and power relations
2006 (English)In: Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, ISSN 1354-9839, E-ISSN 1469-6711, Vol. 11, no 4, 445-457 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Case studies of two Swedish municipalities indicate that the general energy area was divided into three independent policy areas: One dealing with supply, one with conservation and one with environmental questions related to the Agenda 21 vision of an ecologically sustainable energy system. However, the dominant energy policy area in the municipalities was supply policy. This article discusses why supply policy is dominant and the consequences of this for energy system development. Analysis of this pattern reveals that powerful actors, such as local energy companies, were able to mobilize support for supply policies, not least because they owned the energy plants and distribution networks. These actors were also represented in many different decision arenas, in contrast, actors representing the other energy policy areas often lacked power and resources, and were represented in only a few decision arenas.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 11, no 4, 445-457 p.
Social Sciences Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50168DOI: 10.1080/13549830600785613OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-50168DiVA: diva2:271064
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Jenny Palm, Development of sustainable energy systems in Swedish municipalities: A matter of path dependency and power relations, 2006, Local Environment, (11), 4, 445-457.
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