The hygienic transition from cesspools to sewer systems (1840-1930): the dynamics of regime transformation

Geels, Frank W (2006) The hygienic transition from cesspools to sewer systems (1840-1930): the dynamics of regime transformation. Research Policy, 35 (7). pp. 1069-1082. ISSN 00487333

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Abstract

This article addresses the topic of transition and system change, and proposes endogenous regime transformation as alternative transition path to technological substitution. Using sociological and institutional insights, the dynamics of regime transformation are conceptualised. Two characteristics are pressure from outsider groups and adjustments in cognitions, norms and formal rules, enacted by regime insiders. The transformation perspective is illustrated with a historical case study, the hygienic transition from cesspools to integrated sewer systems in The Netherlands. The case study is used to make additions to the transformation perspective, particularly with regard to tactical and strategic games

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Frank Geels
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:20
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2012 11:35
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20131
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