Enacting discontinuity-what's useful and what's cumbersome

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In this paper, I will review various empirical and theoretical sets of conditions and strategies under which active and purposeful discontinuity appears accomplishable. More abrupt and more incremental processes of discontinuation will be distinguished, as well as how they are linked to different governance streams (problematization, policy-­‐making, politics) and to the multi-­‐level dynamics of socio-­‐technical regimes. The paper draws on various examples, from nuclear to incandescent light bulb phase-­‐outs, from efforts to ban mercury to internal combustion engines in cars.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Sustainability Transitions Conferenc: book of abstracts
Place of PublicationBrighton
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2015
Event6th International Sustainability Transitions Conference, IST 2015: Sustainability Transitions and Wider Transformative Change: Historical Roots and Future Pathways - University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Aug 201528 Aug 2015
Conference number: 6


Conference6th International Sustainability Transitions Conference, IST 2015
Abbreviated titleIST 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • IR-99036
  • METIS-314788

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