Combining the Institutional Resource Regime (IRR) framework with the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) for a better understanding of environmental governance processes: The case of Swiss wind power policy

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serval:BIB_40912683AD74
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Title
Combining the Institutional Resource Regime (IRR) framework with the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) for a better understanding of environmental governance processes: The case of Swiss wind power policy
Journal
Environmental Science and Policy
Author(s)
Blake Kevin, Nahrath Stéphane, Ingold Karin
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
112
Pages
141-154
Language
english
Abstract
This article demonstrates the analytical added value of combining the Institutional Resource Regime (IRR)
approach with the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF). To this end, we use the example of Swiss wind power
policy and demonstrate the necessity of combining the two theoretical frameworks so as to understand why a
more supportive policy regime (market incentives, clearer environmental regulations, inter-sectoral coordination
mechanisms) for Swiss wind power during the 2000s and 2010s, did not lead to an increase in the number of
wind turbines in Switzerland. In order to evaluate the explanatory capacity of such a theoretical combination, we
analyze and compare two cases of wind power policy implementation: the successful case of Mont-Crosin and the
failure of Tramelan. More concretely, we first analyze each of the cases through the institutional lenses of the IRR
framework. After assessing IRR explanatory capacities and shortcomings, we then test the explanatory added
value of the ACF and demonstrate that policy beliefs and advocacy coalitions are central explanatory factors of
wind power project siting success or failure. We conclude by discussing the theoretical potential of combining
the two frameworks in a future research agenda.
Keywords
Institutional Resource Regime, Advocacy Coalition Framework, Local Regulatory Arrangements, Wind power, Environmental governance, Switzerland
Funding(s)
Swiss National Science Foundation / Projects / 100017-150258
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