Linking policy design, change, and outputs: Policy responsiveness in American state electricity policy

Chris Koski, Saba Siddiki

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Abstract

This article examines whether changes in policy design lead to incremental or punctuated changes in policy outputs. Leveraging a synthesis of policy design and punctuated equilibrium literatures, we analyze whether changes in policy targets, policy instruments, and policy incentives have differing effects on the distributions of changes in policy outputs. Our empirical examination is a study of net metering policy in the United States over the years 2007–2016. A key finding is that there is a relationship between policy designs that change more frequently and less punctuated distributions of outputs; namely, that changes to certain elements of policies are related to a greater frequency of gradual changes in policy outputs than changes to others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-574
Number of pages22
JournalPolicy Studies Journal
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2022

Keywords

  • electricity policy
  • net metering policy
  • policy change
  • policy design
  • punctuated equilibrium theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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