Combining Policy Analysis with Political Behavior: The Acceptance of Instrument Mixes in Energy Policy

Ingold, Karin; Dermont, Clau; Stadelmann-Steffen, Isabelle; Kammermann, Lorenz (24 July 2016). Combining Policy Analysis with Political Behavior: The Acceptance of Instrument Mixes in Energy Policy (Unpublished). In: 24th World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) - "Politics in a World of Inequality"". Poznań, Poland. 23.-28. Juli 2016.

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Policy instruments are important tools for achieving previously defined political goals and targets. But their successful introduction and implementation is challenged by various factors. First, instruments are seldom introduced in an isolated way. Their effectiveness is heavily dependent on other policy measures previously or simultaneously introduced in the same or also in different political fields. Second, it is furthermore difficult to predict citizens‘ or target groups reaction to new or altered instruments, which may eventually hinder a successful implementation. Finally, a proposed instrument is seldom without alternatives. As a result, conflictive negotiations and opposing interests often lead to the choice of so-called second-best options.
Against this background, acceptance of single instruments or policy mixes is seen as one important pre-condition for a successful introduction and implementation. But how should acceptance be defined and conceptualized? How can we account for the fact that, beside the political elite, other actors are relevant for an instrument mix’ acceptance?
To answer these questions, this article proposes an innovative framework combining policy analysis and political behavior, which is then applied to the promotion of renewable energy supply. More concretely, we aim at a deeper understanding of acceptance by focusing on the preferences by the political elite on one side, and by citizens, on the other. We thus try to identify similar, but also different mechanisms driving instrument acceptance at these two actor levels. Finally, we outline concrete suggestions for research design and meth

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Ingold, Karin Mirjam, Dermont, Clau, Stadelmann, Isabelle, Kammermann, Lorenz


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science




Lorenz Kammermann

Date Deposited:

28 Jun 2017 15:40

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:04

Additional Information:

Session RC30 "Comparative Public Policy".
Panel RC 30.01 "Acceptance of Policy Instruments".


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