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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 366; doi:10.3390/su8040366

Designing Policy Mixes for Resource Efficiency: The Role of Public Acceptability

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Received: 7 February 2016 / Revised: 23 March 2016 / Accepted: 7 April 2016 / Published: 13 April 2016
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Where the public acceptability of a policy can influence its chance of success, it is important to anticipate and mitigate potential concerns. This paper applies search frequency analysis and a form of claims-making analysis to identify public acceptability concerns among fourteen policies proposed by the EU-funded DYNAMIX project to achieve EU resource efficiency. Key points of contention in the corresponding public discourses focus primarily on trust, fairness, effectiveness and cost. We use our findings to provide specific recommendations for the design and implementation of the proposed policy mix which are intended to improve the public acceptability of contentious aspects, and highlight some broader insights for policymakers. View Full-Text
Keywords: public acceptability; sustainability transitions; resource efficiency; policy mix; policy sequencing public acceptability; sustainability transitions; resource efficiency; policy mix; policy sequencing
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Bicket, M.; Vanner, R. Designing Policy Mixes for Resource Efficiency: The Role of Public Acceptability. Sustainability 2016, 8, 366.

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