Harder soft governance in European climate and energy policy: exploring a new trend in public policy

Knodt, Michèle and Schoenefeld, Jonas J. (2020) Harder soft governance in European climate and energy policy: exploring a new trend in public policy. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 22 (6). pp. 761-773. ISSN 1523-908X

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While various forms of soft governance have been long in the making, there is a growing introduction of new policy elements in order to ‘harden’ soft governance arrangements. These new forms of ‘harder’ soft governance (HSG) vary in the degree of hardness in different settings. This special issue aims to derive lessons for climate and energy policy on HSG by looking across other policy fields and institutions where such ‘hardening’ has emerged, including in climate policy monitoring, the EU Energy Union, the UNFCCC, the OECD, the Open Method of Coordination, the European Semester, and policy surveillance in transnational city networks. Bringing the contributions together, this introduction reviews soft governance approaches, including their hardening. It then develops a framework for diagnosing HSG, including indicators such as obligations, justification, precision, ‘blaming and shaming’ opportunities, the role of third party actors, bundling, enforcement by policy field coupling, and sanctions. The introduction then identifies driving factors of HSG, including the role of the EU Member States, a strong need for coordination, policy entrepreneurs and institutional opportunities. The lessons from this special issue provide a useful yardstick for the future development of climate and energy governance, and the use of HSG in other policy fields.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy union,european semester,oecd,climate governance,harder soft governance,policy monitoring,soft governance,management, monitoring, policy and law,sdg 7 - affordable and clean energy,sdg 11 - sustainable cities and communities,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300/2308
UEA Research Groups: University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2020 01:08
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 07:23
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/77571
DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2020.1832885


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