Effects and success factors of sustainable consumption policy instruments: a comparative assessment across Europe

Franziska Wolff, Norma Schönherr, Dirk Arne Heyen

Publikation: Wissenschaftliche FachzeitschriftOriginalbeitrag in FachzeitschriftBegutachtung


Important knowledge gaps exist regarding quantified effects of policy instruments for sustainable consumption (SC) and success factors of such instruments. This article compares and summarizes the results of six case studies on the effects and success factors of SC instruments in the need areas of housing and food. While analyzing different instrument types from four different European countries, all case studies were guided by the same analytical framework and mixed-methods approach. This synthesis article particularly emphasizes the driving factors fostering the generation of instrument effects (outcomes and impacts) or hampering the creation of greater effects, respectively. Among these factors are instrument goals and design, the accommodation of consumer needs, and the simultaneous addressing of framework conditions, as well as market context, policy interaction, and stakeholder involvement. The findings and conclusions can contribute to a better understanding of the conditions under which policy instruments can steer consumer behaviour towards sustainability.
Seiten (von - bis)1 - 16
FachzeitschriftJournal of Environmental Policy and Planning
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2016

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