Power and Smart Meters: A Political Perspective on the Social Acceptance of Energy Projects

Jegen, Maya et Philion, Xavier D. (2017). « Power and Smart Meters: A Political Perspective on the Social Acceptance of Energy Projects ». Canadian Public Administration, 60(1), pp. 68-88.

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Résumé

Social acceptance has become a key consideration for promoters,government officials and citizens when instituting new energy infrastructures and technologies. Often theorized in normative terms, it is not clear whether and when social acceptance matters. This article explores the rollout of smart meters in Quebec, which proceeded despite significant opposition from municipalities, community groups and unions. Drawing ocore concepts from punctuated equilibrium theory — policy monopoly, policy venue, policy image — we argue that this opposition had no policy venue to express its grievances. Quebec’s electricity sector, with a stable policy environment controlled by a policy monopoly and buttressed by a strong policy image, provided few opportunities to expand the conflict. We conclude from this analysis that public administrators should consider power when measuring social acceptance in political processes.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: social acceptance,smart meters, punctuated equilibrium theory
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté de science politique et de droit > Département de science politique
Déposé par: Maya Jegen
Date de dépôt: 05 sept. 2017 09:45
Dernière modification: 05 sept. 2017 09:45
Adresse URL : http://www.archipel.uqam.ca/id/eprint/9466

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