Experiments in climate governance – a systematic review of research on energy and built environment transitions

Kivimaa, Paula, Hildén, Mikael, Huitema, Dave, Jordan, Andrew and Newig, Jens (2017) Experiments in climate governance – a systematic review of research on energy and built environment transitions. Journal of Cleaner Production. ISSN 0959-6526

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Abstract

Experimentation has been proposed as a key way in which governance drives sustainability transitions, notably by creating space for innovative solutions to emerge. In seeking to bring greater coherence to the literatures on climate and sustainability governance experiments, this article reports on a systematic review of articles published between 2009 and 2015. Based on these results a new definition and typology of climate governance experiments is suggested. The typology distinguishes between the various purposes experiments can have, including niche creation, market creation, spatial development, and societal problem solving. It deepens the understanding of the diversity in experimenting by highlighting the salient features of different types of governance experiments. It can therefore guide future research to generate more cumulative research findings contributing to a better understanding of the role and outcomes of experiments in societal transitions. The findings also suggests that real transitions towards low-carbon and climate-resilient societies will require a systematic deliberate combination of different types of experiments.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Governance experiments, experimentation, transitions, climate policy, climate governance, governance innovation
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
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Paula Kivimaa
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2017 13:50
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 19:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66058

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