The durability–flexibility dialectic: The evolution of decarbonisation policies in the European Union

Jordan, Andrew J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7678-1024 and Moore, Brendan (2022) The durability–flexibility dialectic: The evolution of decarbonisation policies in the European Union. Journal of European Public Policy. ISSN 1350-1763

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Abstract

Policy makers are under political pressure to adopt policies that achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Reaching net zero is a demanding challenge requiring durable policies that last; that is, withstand short-term turbulence. However, there is a lack of clarity in the existing literature on both the conceptual meaning of policy durability and its empirical manifestations. This paper distinguishes between three central dimensions of policy durability and uses them to shed new light on the long-term evolution of EU climate policy. It reveals that the EU has addressed the relationship between policy durability and policy flexibility by working iteratively across and between different policy elements (instruments, programmes, goals, etc.). In revealing these patterns, it addresses a greatly neglected feature of policy design processes: the dialectical relationship between durability and flexibility.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change,decarbonisation,net zero,policy durability,policy flexibility,sociology and political science,public administration,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3312
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2022 14:30
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2022 18:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/84277
DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2022.2042721

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