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How and Why Do Policies Change?

Lovinfosse, Isabelle de

How and Why Do Policies Change?

A Comparison of Renewable Electricity Policies in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK

Series: Action publique / Public Action - Volume 3

Year of Publication: 2008

Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 317 pp., 29 graphs, 85 tables
ISBN 978-90-5201-398-5 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.450 kg, 0.992 lbs

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Book synopsis

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.


Contents: Theoretical Framework – European Policy – RES-E Policy in Belgium – RES-E Policy in Denmark – RES-E Policy in Germany – RES-E Policy in the Netherlands – RES-E Policy in the United Kingdom – Comparison.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Isabelle de Lovinfosse holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Université 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.


Public Action. Vol. 3
General Editors: Jean-Louis Genard and Steve Jacob