Bringing interests back in: using coalition theories to explain European wind power policies

Joseph Szarka

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Abstract

Coalition theories have made a valuable contribution to understanding public policy but only partially explain policy change, especially in new policy subsystems. To improve empirical explanations and contribute to theory-building, this article identifies forms of coalition behaviour by drawing on the theoretical literature, applies coalition theory to the wind power sector and links coalition preferences with choices of policy instrument made by policy-makers. It provides support for the 'advocacy coalition framework', but argues that its explanatory power is increased by bringing both self-interest and the public interest back into the analytical frame.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)836-853
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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