Energy Policy

6: Policy Drivers


About this Lesson

In this lesson, you'll learn about the processes and actions that instigate policy formation. We'll also take a look at the interests and actors who work to stifle policy development. We'll look at the roles of many sectors of society in driving policy development and change including elected officials, corporations, the scientific community, activists, markets, lobbyists, and many others. We'll also take a look at how the development (or lack thereof) of energy policy is driving the development of many organizations around the world.

By the end of the Lesson, you should be able to:

  • understand the concepts of vertical and horizontal policy diffusion;
  • identify threats to energy policy change and understand the role they play in creating compromise in policy;
  • know who the various actors in policy formation are and how their actions influence policy development.

What is due this week?

This lesson will take us one week to complete. You are responsible for this lesson content, external assigned readings, and lesson activities. Please refer to Canvas for deliverables and due dates.


If you have questions, please feel free to post them to the "Have a question about the lesson?" discussion forum in Canvas. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help a classmate.