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Drawing Lessons When Objectives Differ? Assessing Renewable Energy Policy Transfer from Germany to Morocco

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Steinbacher, Karoline

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Abstract Given the tremendous energy challenges Morocco faces, and its potential role as an exporter of green electricity to Europe, the country has been particularly targeted by Germany’s efforts to promote the uptake of renewable energies abroad. This paper explores whether ideas and policies in the field of renewable energy effectively traveled through transfer channels established between Germany and Morocco. In particular, the question of how Morocco’s policy objectives shaped the result of transfer processes is discussed, shedding light on a currently under-researched determinant for policy transfer. Drawing upon forty-five semi-structured interviews with Moroccan, German, and international stakeholders, as well as card-ranking exercises, the article provides first-hand insights into the dynamics and drivers of Morocco’s “energy transition”. Findings presented in the article show that differing policy objectives did not preclude the transfer of ideas between Germany and Morocco, but shaped its outcome with regard to policy instrument selection. While basic policy orientations in favour of renewable energies were facilitated by transferred knowledge, a perceived incompatibility between domestic policy objectives and the policy instruments used in the foreign model led to selective lesson-drawing from the German example. This finding underlines the importance for “senders” who wish to actively promote sustainable energy policies abroad to adapt outreach strategies to the policy objectives of potential followers.
Keywords energy policy; renewable energy; international cooperation; Federal Republic of Germany; Morocco; technology transfer; knowledge transfer; innovation; diffusion; climate policy; industrial policy; North Africa; Africa
Classification Special areas of Departmental Policy; Ecology, Environment
Free Keywords Energiewende; energy transition; policy transfer
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 34-50
Journal Politics and Governance, 3 (2015) 2
ISSN 2183-2463
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution