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2. An Emerging Perspective: Neo-Institutional Theory and the Governance of Sustainability
“social structures that have attained a high degree of resilience [and are] composed of cultural-cognitive, normative and regulative elements that, together with associated activities and resources, provide stability and meaning to social life”.
3. Discourse Analysis of Environmental Sustainability
4. A Discourse-Institutional Approach to the Governance of Sustainability
|Institutional Rule||Institutional Mechanism|
|Normative||Obligation; proper conduct|
|Cultural-cognitive||Imitation; shared assumption|
|Dimension||Object of Analysis|
|Text||Legitimation strategies and intertextuality|
|Discursive practice||Discursive domains; genres; styles; representations; discourse coalitions/clusters|
|Social practice||Social structures and historical context of discourses and text|
5. Applying the Framework: Microgeneration in the UK
5.1. Institutions: Rules and Mechanisms, Carriers and Processes
“The Renewables Obligation, which requires electricity suppliers to source a specified and increasing proportion of their electricity from renewable sources, is our key current mechanism for incentivising renewable electricity. [We will] expand and extend our long-term incentive for major renewable electricity developments—the Renewables Obligation—to ensure that it can deliver around 30% renewable electricity by 2020. This will provide continued support for large-scale, centralised renewable electricity generation”.
“It is the big companies like that, that are starting to get involved, that will help to turn the industry around. Otherwise, it is mostly mom and pop organisations.”.(Technical director, Renewable Energy Testing Company)
“If you want to replace your boiler with a CHP unit, for example, if you take a hot water boiler and replace that with another hot water boiler, you need a plumber. You put a CHP unit in, you need an electrician as well. If it is connecting up to the meter, you don’t only need an electrician, you need a meter-qualified person and…that’s a guild of its own, is that”.(Technical director, Renewable Energy Testing Company)
5.3. Discursive Practice
5.4. Social Practice
6. Concluding Discussion
Conflicts of Interest
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