Participative environmental policy integration in the Irish energy sector

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dc.contributor.author Mullally, Gerard
dc.contributor.author Dunphy, Niall P.
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-26T13:50:29Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-26T13:50:29Z
dc.date.issued 2018-02-24
dc.identifier.citation Mullally, G., Dunphy, N. and O’Connor, P. (2018) 'Participative environmental policy integration in the Irish energy sector', Environmental Science & Policy, 83, pp. 71-78. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.02.007 en
dc.identifier.volume 83 en
dc.identifier.startpage 71 en
dc.identifier.endpage 78 en
dc.identifier.issn 1462-9011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5694
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.02.007
dc.description.abstract This article explores the implications of participation for Environmental Policy Integration (EPI), through the window of Irish energy policy, employing concepts of ‘energy democracy’ and ‘energy citizenship’. Our analysis of a consultation process on energy policy identifies distinctive narratives, with different idealisations of energy citizens. We distil the implications of consequent, emergent institutional innovations examining imagined citizens, communication, participation and decision-making linked to policy. We adapt and operationalise the analytical framework of discursive institutionalism (Schmidt, 2008), using explanatory factors for EPI (Runhaar et al., 2017). Relocating the specific consultation in the wider process preceding and following its outcomes we examine the degree, and conditions under which participation advances EPI in the sector. We suggest that energy citizenship constructs and processes of energy democratisation remain highly contingent on context. Nevertheless, ‘principled priority’ (Lafferty and Hovden, 2003) though often involving trade-offs in practice, ought not be decoupled from processes of democratisation that may underpin its sustainability. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/). en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/ en
dc.subject EPI en
dc.subject Energy democracy en
dc.subject Energy citizenship en
dc.subject Energy transition en
dc.subject Participative EPI en
dc.subject Environmental Policy Integration en
dc.title Participative environmental policy integration in the Irish energy sector en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Niall Dunphy, Civil Engineering, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: n.dunphy@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2018-03-26T13:19:42Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.rssid 426741945
dc.contributor.funder Horizon 2020 en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Environmental Science and Policy en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress n.dunphy@ucc.ie en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020::RIA/657998/EU/Energy System Transition Through Stakeholder Activation, Education and Skills Development/ENTRUST en


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