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Who got their way? Advocacy coalitions and the Irish climate change law

Wagner, Paul; Ylä-Anttila, Tuomas


Tuomas Ylä-Anttila


Which organisations saw their positions on two contentious issues reflected in the Irish climate law of 2015, and what role did advocacy coalitions play in the policy process? These questions are answered drawing theoretically from the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF) and by conducting a network analysis of survey data collected from the organisations involved in the national climate policy process. The study finds that several institutionally important or economically powerful organisations, particularly those involved in the agricultural sector, as well as the government parties saw their preferences reflected in the law. This resulted in legislation that excluded binding emission reductions targets, differentiating it from similar laws introduced in other European countries. Organisations in favour of stronger regulation formed a coalition to advocate for their positions, but they largely failed to get their way.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Apr 3, 2018
Publication Date Sep 3, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 7, 2022
Journal Environmental Politics
Print ISSN 0964-4016
Electronic ISSN 1743-8934
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 5
Pages 872-891
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