Socio-technical transition governance and public opinion: the case of passenger transport in Finland

Upham, Paul, Virkamaki, Venla, Kivimaa, Paula, Hilden, Mikael and Wadud, Zia (2015) Socio-technical transition governance and public opinion: the case of passenger transport in Finland. Journal of Transport Geography, 46. pp. 210-219. ISSN 0966-6923

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Abstract

As a governance perspective, transition management views the engagement of a wide variety of stakeholders in policy development as a necessary element in furthering sustainability through enhanced social learning. Yet as a literature it has paid relatively little attention to public consultation on socio-technical change. Here we set transition management in the context of longstanding debates in science and technology studies, technology assessment and deliberative democracy. Empirically, we use national survey data on Finnish public opinion of state support for future transport options. Showing how transport practices and attitudes to transport innovation policy vary with both demography and geography, we argue that these differences have implications for policy legitimacy. We suggest that, both given and despite the practical difficulties of deliberative democracy, use of participative opinion surveying to better understand social groups with needs and interests that differ from national averages, may help to enhance policy legitimacy and hence the success of transition management.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Low carbon transport; Technology governance; Transition management; Innovation policy; Legitimacy; Digital democracy
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and communications > HE0199.9 Passenger traffic (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and communications > HE0305 Urban transportation
Depositing User: Paula Kivimaa
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 16:33
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 16:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59244
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