Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2022.102632
Title: Whither policy innovation? Mapping conceptual engagement with public policy in energy transitions research
Authors: Goyal, N
Taeihagh, A 
Howlett, M
Keywords: Bibliometric review
Computational text analysis
Energy transition
Policy diffusion
Policy innovation
Policy success
Issue Date: Jul-2022
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Citation: Goyal, N, Taeihagh, A, Howlett, M (2022-07). Whither policy innovation? Mapping conceptual engagement with public policy in energy transitions research. Energy Research & Social Science 89 : 102632-102632. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2022.102632
Abstract: A transition to sustainable energy will require not only technological diffusion and behavioral change, but also policy innovation. While research on energy transitions has generated an extensive literature, the extent to which it has used the policy innovation perspective – entailing policy entrepreneurship or invention, policy diffusion, and policy success – remains unclear. This study analyzes over 8000 publications on energy transitions through a bibliometric review and computational text analysis to create an overview of the scholarship, map conceptual engagement with public policy, and identify the use of the policy innovation lens in the literature. We find that: (i) though the importance of public policy is frequently highlighted in the research, the public policy itself is analyzed only occasionally; (ii) studies focusing on public policy have primarily engaged with the concepts of policy mixes, policy change, and policy process; and (iii) the notions of policy entrepreneurship or invention, policy diffusion, and policy success are hardly employed to understand the sources, speed, spread, or successes of energy transitions. We conclude that the value of the policy innovation lens for energy transitions research remains untapped and propose avenues for scholars to harness this potential.
Source Title: Energy Research & Social Science
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/224996
ISSN: 2214-6296
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2022.102632
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