The dynamics of energy policy in Lebanon when research, politics, and policy fail to intersect. Khodr, H. & Uherova Hasbani, K. Energy Policy.
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Abstract This paper is an exploratory study on energy policymaking in Lebanon aiming at investigating the contributing factors to the absence of evidence-informed policy by analyzing the relation between energy-related research and policy. It uses a qualitative approach in which two complementary types of data sources are employed. Data was mainly obtained from in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted with 40 key stakeholders. The data was further enhanced by an extensive review of related documents available in the public domain as well as research-related activities. Data were analyzed using iterative thematic content analysis which findings served to illustrate the theoretical perspectives in the relevant prevailing literature on linking policy and research. This paper suggests that the politicization of energy policy, the nature of the generated evidence and the lack of communication of evidence among policy actors as well as the weak and non-institutionalized links between researchers and policymakers have posed as an obstacle to an effective, efficient and evidence-based policy. There is a dearth of academic studies that have investigated this issue from a policy perspective. The analysis lays the foundation for much needed future studies on the country's energy policy by identifying the participants, mapping out the process and providing policy recommendations.
@article{khodr_dynamics_????,
	title = {The dynamics of energy policy in {Lebanon} when research, politics, and policy fail to intersect},
	issn = {0301-4215},
	url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421513004321},
	doi = {10.1016/j.enpol.2013.05.080},
	abstract = {Abstract 
This paper is an exploratory study on energy policymaking in Lebanon aiming at investigating the contributing factors to the absence of evidence-informed policy by analyzing the relation between energy-related research and policy. It uses a qualitative approach in which two complementary types of data sources are employed. Data was mainly obtained from in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted with 40 key stakeholders. The data was further enhanced by an extensive review of related documents available in the public domain as well as research-related activities. Data were analyzed using iterative thematic content analysis which findings served to illustrate the theoretical perspectives in the relevant prevailing literature on linking policy and research. This paper suggests that the politicization of energy policy, the nature of the generated evidence and the lack of communication of evidence among policy actors as well as the weak and non-institutionalized links between researchers and policymakers have posed as an obstacle to an effective, efficient and evidence-based policy. There is a dearth of academic studies that have investigated this issue from a policy perspective. The analysis lays the foundation for much needed future studies on the country's energy policy by identifying the participants, mapping out the process and providing policy recommendations.},
	urldate = {2013-06-21},
	journal = {Energy Policy},
	author = {Khodr, Hiba and Uherova Hasbani, Katarina},
	keywords = {Energy policy, evidence-informed policy, Lebanon},
	file = {ScienceDirect Full Text PDF:files/46513/Khodr and Uherova Hasbani - The dynamics of energy policy in Lebanon when rese.pdf:application/pdf}
}
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