Expectation dynamics and niche acceleration in China’s wind and solar power development

Yang, Kejia, Hiteva, Ralitsa and Schot, Johanes (2020) Expectation dynamics and niche acceleration in China’s wind and solar power development. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 36. pp. 177-196. ISSN 2210-4232

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Abstract

This paper addresses the question of how alignment dynamics between niche and regime actors shape niche acceleration. We develop a conceptual framework that focuses on the role of expectations as a necessary precondition and even as a key proxy for strategic collaboration between niche and regime actors. Based on actors’ expectations, we conceptualise three alignment patterns of strong, medium-strong and weak alignment. We propose a 16 % threshold of niche technology adoption for substantial niche acceleration. We explore our conceptual framework in two contrasting case studies of wind and solar power development in China between 2000 and 2017. Both cases experienced niche acceleration but followed different paths. Our research findings indicate that the three proposed alignment patterns between niche and regime actors’ expectations can be seen as a good proxy for explaining these different paths. Strong alignment between niche and regime actors’ expectations does go hand in hand with niche acceleration.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0173.2 Technological change
Depositing User: Kejia Yang
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2022 12:58
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2022 11:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/107633

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