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Facilitating the Czech Coal Phase-Out : What Drives Inter-Organizational Collaboration?



Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Society & Natural Resources
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Web article - open access
Keywords Advocacy Coalition Framework; coal phase-out; energy transition; exponential random graph models; mixed methods; policy process
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Description Responses to current environmental challenges, such as the energy transition, require collaboration among diverse actors interacting in complex and conflicting policy settings. This study examines the drivers of inter-organizational collaboration within the conflictual context of Czech coal phase-out by investigating hypotheses on belief homophily, political influence, and expert information. It uses a sequential mixed-methods research design combining exponential random graph modeling, which controls for network self-organization processes, and directed qualitative content analysis, which validates and extends the findings from the previous stage. The results show that organizations perceived as influential and organizations providing expertise are more likely to be involved in inter-organizational collaboration. Belief homophily does not predict collaboration but is relevant for disincentivizing collaboration among actors with low-compatible beliefs, thus contributing to conflict reproduction. The study concludes that future collaborative arrangements need to avoid such design flaws as those of the recently established Coal Committee, which reinforced existing power asymmetries and conflicts.
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