Factors Driving the Promotion of Hydroelectricity: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Kammermann, Lorenz (2017). Factors Driving the Promotion of Hydroelectricity: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis. Review of policy research, 35(2), pp. 213-237. Wiley 10.1111/ropr.12274

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In the wake of the COP21 conference in Paris, the transition to a low-carbon energy supply remains a central issue on the political agenda. The deployment of renewable energies is often challenged by multiple issues (e.g., public acceptance, landscape protection, and so forth). Political actors try to overcome such challenges with various measures; however, the policy instruments used vary greatly in their strength. This article questions what factors lead to the adoption of strong policy instruments promoting hydroelectricity. Explanatory factors are derived from Kingdon’s multiple streams framework and are analyzed with fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis within the Swiss cantons. The findings show that the strength of policy promoting hydroelectricity depends on the conjunction of mainly two factors: ambitious climate targets and an already well-established hydroelectricity sector that generates large tax revenues for the cantons. Depending on the context, the strength of left-wing and green parties as well as the current level of exploitation play an important role with the aforementioned factors.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Kammermann, Lorenz

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1541-132X

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lorenz Kammermann

Date Deposited:

18 Jan 2018 17:19

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2019 19:09

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/ropr.12274

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.107540

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/107540

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