Deep transitions: emergence, acceleration, stabilization and directionality

Schot, Johan and Kanger, Laur Deep transitions: emergence, acceleration, stabilization and directionality. Working Paper. Science Policy Research Unit, Brighton, UK.

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The unfolding of industrial modernity has led to high levels of wealth and welfare in the Western world but
also to increasing global ecological degradation and social inequality. The routine mode of operation of a
wide range of socio-technical systems, forming the material backbone of contemporary societies, has
substantially contributed to these outcomes. This paper proposes that all these systems can be seen as a
surface expression of fundamental meta-rules that for the past 250 years have driven the evolution of these
systems and system innovation towards particular directions, thereby constituting the First Deep Transition. To meet the accumulated social and ecological challenges would therefore require a radical change not only in socio-technical systems but also in meta-rules underlying their functioning – the Second Deep Transition. This paper develops a new theoretical framework aiming to explain the emergence, acceleration, stabilization and directionality of Deep Transitions. It does so through the synthesis of three strands of literature: individual socio-technical systems, interconnected systems and industrialization-related macro-trends.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Additional Information: ISSN: 2057-6668
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Depositing User: Nora Blascsok
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 11:48
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2016 09:03

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