Challenging one-eyed technology-focused accounts of renewables policy, this book provides a ground-breaking, deep-diving and genre-crossing longitudinal study of policy development.

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.

This volume will be of key interest to scholars and students of energy transitions, comparative climate politics, policy theory, Europeanization, European integration and comparative European politics more broadly, as well practitioners with an interest in renewable energy and climate transition.


The Open Access version of this book, available at: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429198144, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

part Part I|72 pages

Setting the stage

chapter 1|16 pages


ByElin Lerum Boasson, Merethe Dotterud Leiren, Jørgen Wettestad
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chapter 2|13 pages

Comparing renewable support mixes

ByElin Lerum Boasson, Merethe Dotterud Leiren
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chapter 3|26 pages

A dynamic multi-field approach

ByElin Lerum Boasson
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chapter 4|15 pages

Europeanization of renewables support

ByElin Lerum Boasson
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part Part II|144 pages

Case studies

chapter 5|28 pages


From feed-in tariffs to greater competition
ByMerethe Dotterud Leiren, Inken Reimer
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chapter 6|23 pages

The United Kingdom

From market-led policy towards technology steering
ByTim Rayner, Merethe Dotterud Leiren, Tor Håkon Jackson Inderberg
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chapter 7|23 pages


Incumbent stability amid legislative volatility
ByKacper Szulecki
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chapter 8|21 pages


From renewables laggard to technology-specificity devotee
ByElin Lerum Boasson, Catherine Banet, Jørgen Wettestad
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chapter 9|23 pages


Electricity certificate champion
ByElin Lerum Boasson, Hugo Faber, Karin Bäckstrand
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chapter 10|24 pages


Certificate supporters turning opponents
ByElin Lerum Boasson
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part Part III|37 pages

Assessments and conclusions

chapter 11|21 pages

Comparative assessments and conclusions

ByElin Lerum Boasson, Merethe Dotterud Leiren, Jørgen Wettestad
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chapter 12|14 pages

Implications for climate research and policy studies

ByElin Lerum Boasson
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