Public Participation in the Governance of the Lithuanian Electrical Energy Sector

Andrius Stasiukynas

Abstract


The article examines public participation and mechanisms of citizens’ involvement in the governance of the electrical energy sector. Three aspects of public engagement are analysed: 1) the participants of this process; 2) the level of engagement; 3) the phase of the governance process during which the public is involved. To provide a comprehensive review of the main characteristics of the governance of the Lithuanian electrical energy sector, a semi-structured interview of experts was carried out. Institutions that formulate and implement governance policies are reviewed, the possibilities of public participation and the potential tools of engagement are analysed. Finally, the mechanisms that create proper conditions for citizens’ involvement in the governance of the electrical energy sector (as consumers and active electricity sector participants) are discussed.

Keywords


governance of electricity energy sector; public participation; involvement of citizens; governance implementing bodies

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603