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Mediating the form and direction of regional sustainable development: the role of the State in renewable energy deployment in selected regions

De Laurentis, Carla 2020. Mediating the form and direction of regional sustainable development: the role of the State in renewable energy deployment in selected regions. European Urban and Regional Studies 27 (3) , pp. 303-317. 10.1177/0969776420904989

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Abstract

This paper analyses and critically discusses the role of regions in implementing renewable energy (RE) policies, examining the relationship between state policy and RE deployment. Using evidence from four case study regions, Apulia and Tuscany in Italy and Wales and Scotland in the UK, the paper teases out some differences in terms of regional competencies to implement RE policies across the two countries. The national governments in both Italy and the UK have constructed regulatory and governance relationships to orchestrate and reorder economic, social and ecological challenges and devolve responsibilities at the sub-national level. This has offered an opportunity for the peculiarities of regional setups to be taken into account and regions have contributed towards the promotion of green and sustainable path development via the route of promoting RE deployment. The paper argues that the downscaling and distribution of responsibility in the cases investigated reflect the capacity and willingness of nation states to respond to and mediate the strategic goals and outcomes formulated at national and international levels. Nevertheless, while the regions investigated display differences in their incentives, capacities and capabilities to increase RE deployment, their ability to act is very much influenced by nation states, stressing the important role of the state in mediating the form and direction of RE deployment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 0969-7764
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 January 2020
Date of Acceptance: 14 January 2020
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2020 11:14
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/128937

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