October 17, 2010

Dynamics and Deliberations: Comparing Heuristics for Low Carbon Innovation Policy

by J. Ivan Scrase, Adrian Smith and Florian Kern

- The neo-classical economic paradigm that has dominated energy policy in recent decades is loosening its grip under the challenges decarbonisation present to energy systems. Other frameworks for interpreting and responding to those challenges are available. We focus on two heuristics for interpreting these issues - the multi-level perspective in sociotechnical transitions theory, and grid-group cultural theory. Both indicate how the framing of any issue has important consequences for subsequent policy actions.

Scrase, J.I., A. Smith and F. Kern (2010). "Dynamics and Deliberations: Comparing Heuristics for Low Carbon Innovation Policy." SPRU Electronic Working Paper Number 184, Mar 2010.