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Sustainability transitions and policy dismantling: Zero carbon housing in the UK

O'Neill, Kirstie and Gibbs, David 2020. Sustainability transitions and policy dismantling: Zero carbon housing in the UK. Geoforum 108 , pp. 119-129. 10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.11.011

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In this paper we examine the failure of the zero carbon homes agenda in the UK and argue that it represents a case of policy dismantling, where a range of policies and programmes have been introduced, revised and then removed by government. We bring together the sustainability transitions literature with the literature on policy dismantling, regime resistance and regime detractors, and suggest that the zero carbon housing agenda in the UK offers useful insights into the politics of sustainability transitions. We identify three phases of policy change, from policy expansion, symbolic dismantling and eventual active policy dismantling. In the conclusions we offer some suggestions on processes of policy dismantling and what this might mean for future sustainability transitions given the significant contributions of buildings to greenhouse gas emissions and the urgent need for rapid low carbon transitions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0016-7185
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 November 2019
Date of Acceptance: 16 November 2019
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2022 15:13

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