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This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.
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‘Super-wicked’ problems such as climate change require ambitious policies within stable policy frameworks. Key for policy stability is to disincentivise future reversals to carbon-intensive lifestyles resulting in unstoppable climate change. It requires lock-in into a low-carbon development trajectory, increasing popular support and needs to be self-reinforcing with reversal costs rising over time as benefits increase. In parliamentary political systems (e.g. UK), policies emerge more easily but are more difficult to maintain given that shifting political majorities can result in policy U-turns, resulting in uncertainties for investment in low-carbon transitions. We examine what factors determine policy stability in UK Climate Change Policy aiming to reduce CO2 emissions by 85-90% by 2050. Policy stability depends on favourable public opinion and the political system. In the case of parliamentary democracies the extent to which it is embedded into a multilevel governance institutional framework and political cross-party consensus is particularly important for policy stability.
Author(s): Rietig K, Laing T
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Environmental Policy and Governance
Print publication date: 01/11/2017
Online publication date: 15/08/2017
Acceptance date: 17/04/2017
Date deposited: 20/04/2017
ISSN (print): 1756-932X
ISSN (electronic): 1756-9338
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