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Are policy failures mobile? An investigation of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program in the State of Victoria, Australia

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Lovell, H, Are policy failures mobile? An investigation of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program in the State of Victoria, Australia, Environment and Planning A, 49, (2) pp. 314-331. ISSN 0308-518X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0308518X16668170

Abstract

This article is about a case of policy failure and negative lesson drawing, namely the implementation of a mandatory smart metering programme – the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program – in the State of Victoria, Australia, in the period 2009–2013. The article explores the framing of policy failure, and the ways in which failed polices might be mobile. The Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program provides an important empirical counterbalance to existing scholarship on policy learning, transfer and mobility, which is for the most part about positive best practice case studies, emulation and the travelling of ‘fast’ and (by implication) successful policy. There is evidence that the Victorian Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program circulated domestically within Australia and was influential in policy decision making, but that its international mobility was limited. The case is used to explore what gets left behind – or is immobile – in the telling of policy stories about failure. Science and Technology Studies scholarship on the inherent fragility of sociotechnical networks is drawn upon to consider how the concept of assemblage – a popular conceptual lens within policy mobility scholarship – might be applied to better understand instances of policy failure.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:policy transfer, policy mobilities, policy failure, Australia, assemblage, electricity sector
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Lovell, H (Associate Professor Heather Lovell)
ID Code:111618
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-09-26
Last Modified:2017-11-07
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