Electricity Market Reform: So what's new?

David Toke, Keith Baker

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The British government has restructured Britain’s electricity markets through a programme of electricity market reform (EMR). Energy security and climate change mitigation are public goods that are prioritised. Cultural theory (CT) is used to explain changes in the regulatory regime under EMR. EMR involves an incomplete shift from ‘individualist’ to ‘hierarchical’ frames of regulation. Conflicts between these frames hamper the institutional design of EMR. This has obstructed deployment of nuclear power. Policymakers must fit the cultural framing to suit their preferred public good and not expect a defined public good to emerge from a preferred mix of cultural bias.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-461
Number of pages17
JournalPolicy & Politics
Issue number4
Early online date2 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


  • cultural theory
  • electricity
  • low carbon
  • regulation


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