The social and local dimensions of governance of energy poverty: adaptive responses to state remoteness

Creutzfeldt, N., Gill, C., McPherson, R. and Cornelis, M. (2020) The social and local dimensions of governance of energy poverty: adaptive responses to state remoteness. Journal of Consumer Policy, 43, pp. 635-658. (doi: 10.1007/s10603-019-09442-z)

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Energy poverty is a huge social problem. Academic and policy deliberations about energy poverty focus repeatedly on the same issues: the lack of a shared definition, who is responsible for the problem, and how best to measure it through indicators. We argue that debates at EU and national level do not address the daily reality of people living in energy poverty. The preliminary findings of our ESRC funded project suggest that local actors (e.g., NGOs) make a substantial contribution to bridging the gap between top-down policy and the energy poor. We argue that these actors represent an adaptive response to the inherent limitations of state and supra-national action and, therefore, play a key role in the governance of energy poverty. In presenting this argument, we suggest, as an avenue for future research, nodal governance as a lens through which to understand the role local actors play in the governing order for tackling energy poverty. The article provides an exploratory analysis of these issues, discussed through the selection of four illustrative examples in Italy, France, Catalonia, and England.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McPherson, Dr Rachel and Gill, Professor Chris
Authors: Creutzfeldt, N., Gill, C., McPherson, R., and Cornelis, M.
Subjects:K Law > K Law (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Journal of Consumer Policy
ISSN (Online):1573-0700
Published Online:11 January 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Consumer Policy 43:635-658
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
301520Access to Justice, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and consumer vulnerability in the European energy sectorChristian GillEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)WC122430 (ES/P010237/1)Law