Designing complex policy mixes: elements, processes and characteristics

Rogge, Karoline (2018) Designing complex policy mixes: elements, processes and characteristics. In: Howlett, Michael and Mukherjee, Ishani (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Policy Design. Routledge, New York, pp. 34-58. ISBN 9780815369189

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In the last decade, researchers and policy makers alike have increasingly moved away from the consideration of single policy tools and towards a greater consideration of their combination and resulting interactions. Much of this policy design work has used – albeit with varying definitions and based on different bodies of literature – the term policy mix to capture such interacting instruments, may that be in environmental policy, innovation policy, biodiversity policy, or other policy fields. However, these ‘simple’ conceptualiza-tions of policy mixes have been recently extended to a consideration of more ‘complex’ policy mixes, particularly in the context of sustainability transitions, such as the transi-tion to low-carbon energy systems. This chapter will provide an overview of this new orientation in policy mix research, including an introduction to the major building blocks – the elements, processes and characteristics – as well as dimensions of ‘complex’ policy mixes. It concludes by outlining how such an extended policy mix concept can serve as integrated framework for policy mix evaluation and design.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Policy mix, policy strategy, policy making and implementation, consistency, coherence, credibility, sustainability transitions, innovation, technological change
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE170 Environmental policy
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF1338 Public administration
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0173.2 Technological change
Depositing User: Karoline Rogge
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2018 15:12
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2018 15:12

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