System Innovation and the Transition to Sustainability - Theory, Evidence and Policy

Boelie Elzen, Frank W. Geels, Ken Green

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    This book considers two main questions: how do system innovations or transitions come about and how can they be influenced by different actors, in particular by governments. The authors identify the theories which can be used to conceptualise the dynamics of system innovations and discuss the weaknesses in these theories. They also look at the lessons which can be learned from historical examples of transitions, and highlight the instruments and policy tools which can be used to stimulate future system innovations towards sustainability. The expert contributors address these questions using insights from a variety of different disciplines including innovation studies, evolutionary economics, the sociology of technology, environmental analysis and governance studies. The book concludes with an extensive summary of the results and practical suggestions for future research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK / Northampton, MA, USA
    PublisherEdward Elgar
    Number of pages315
    ISBN (Electronic)9781845423421
    ISBN (Print)9781843766834
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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