Towards improving the relevance of scenarios for public policy questions: A proposed methodological framework for policy relevant low carbon scenarios. Hughes, N. Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
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A previous review of the use of scenarios in public policy found that the evidence for their impact on policy making was limited. One of the reasons suggested for this lack of policy impact was the disconnection between the time scales explored in long range scenarios, and those typical of the perspective of the policy maker. This paper argues that scenarios can have a valuable role in connecting long term policy goals to their implications for near term decisions. Key to the effectiveness of public policy scenarios in this regard is an actor-based view of the system, which connects long term pathways to the implications of near-term actor decisions. The paper focusses on developing a methodological framework for low carbon scenarios., Reviewing scenario literature, it identifies ‘trend based’, ‘actor based’ and ‘technical feasibility’ scenario approaches, and argues that the insights derived from each of these modes of analysis is important to consider in low carbon scenarios. Moreover, the iteration between these levels as the scenario moves through time is equally important. The paper therefore proposes a 3 level methodological framework as a basis for constructing low carbon scenarios with high policy tractability.
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	title = {Towards improving the relevance of scenarios for public policy questions: {A} proposed methodological framework for policy relevant low carbon scenarios},
	issn = {0040-1625},
	shorttitle = {Towards improving the relevance of scenarios for public policy questions},
	url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162512001783},
	doi = {10.1016/j.techfore.2012.07.009},
	abstract = {A previous review of the use of scenarios in public policy found that the evidence for their impact on policy making was limited. One of the reasons suggested for this lack of policy impact was the disconnection between the time scales explored in long range scenarios, and those typical of the perspective of the policy maker. This paper argues that scenarios can have a valuable role in connecting long term policy goals to their implications for near term decisions. Key to the effectiveness of public policy scenarios in this regard is an actor-based view of the system, which connects long term pathways to the implications of near-term actor decisions. The paper focusses on developing a methodological framework for low carbon scenarios., Reviewing scenario literature, it identifies ‘trend based’, ‘actor based’ and ‘technical feasibility’ scenario approaches, and argues that the insights derived from each of these modes of analysis is important to consider in low carbon scenarios. Moreover, the iteration between these levels as the scenario moves through time is equally important. The paper therefore proposes a 3 level methodological framework as a basis for constructing low carbon scenarios with high policy tractability.},
	urldate = {2012-08-31},
	journal = {Technological Forecasting and Social Change},
	author = {Hughes, Nick},
	keywords = {Actors, Low carbon, Public policy, Scenario}
}
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