Regime destabilisation as the flipside of energy transitions: lessons from the history of the British coal industry (1913–1997)

Turnheim, Bruno and Geels, Frank W (2012) Regime destabilisation as the flipside of energy transitions: lessons from the history of the British coal industry (1913–1997). Energy Policy, 50. pp. 35-49. ISSN 03014215

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Abstract

This paper investigates a neglected aspect of the transitions literature: the destabilisation of existing regimes and industries. It presents an analytical perspective that integrates four existing views on destabilisation and conceptualizes the process as a multi-dimensional and enacted phenomenon involving technical, economic, political, and cultural processes. This perspective is illustrated with two historical cases of the British coal industry (1913–1967, 1967–1997). These cases are also used to articulate five lessons regarding the overall destabilisation process and five lessons regarding the economic and socio-political environments of industries. The conclusion section translates the historical lessons into insights with relevance for the contemporary challenge of climate change and transitions to low-carbon energy systems.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE170 Environmental policy
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE195 Environmentalism. Green movement
H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions > HC0079 Special topics, A-Z > HC0079.E5 Environmental policy and economic development. Sustainable development Including environmental economics
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management > HD0045 Technological innovations. Automation
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management > HD0058.7 Organisational behaviour, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD9000 Special industries and trades > HD9502 Energy industries. Energy policy. Fuel trade
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0826 Social institutions
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0173.2 Technological change
Depositing User: Bruno Turnheim
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2012 12:02
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 12:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/43058
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