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Local authorities as niche actors: the case of energy governance in the UK

Fudge, S., Peters, M. and Woodman, B. (2016) Local authorities as niche actors: the case of energy governance in the UK. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 18 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 2210-4224

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2015.06.004


This paper draws from work conducted under the NERC-funded project 'Understanding energy governance at local and community levels'(Project Reference: NE/H013598/1). This project was a 24 month study carried out in collaboration with the UK Energy Research Council which began in April 2010. The particular workpackage from which these interviews were drawn specifically explores the role of local authorities in emerging energy and environmental responsibilities, paying particular attention to current institutional structures and how external forces and actors influence local authorities on their decision making and practices. It is concluded that whilst the role of local authorities has been changing in response to energy and environmental ‘landscape’ issues, their influence on the design and implementation of energy policy in the UK will correspondingly remain as an emerging process for the foreseeable future, with the more progressive local authorities continuing to exert political, social/cultural and technological influence over ways of designing, articulating, and engaging with energy governance at the local level.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Urban Living group
ID Code:57619
Uncontrolled Keywords:Multi-Level Perspective Local authorities Local ‘energy governance’ in the UK


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