Sustainability transitions and the state

Johnstone, Phil and Newell, Peter (2018) Sustainability transitions and the state. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 27. pp. 72-82. ISSN 2210-4224

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Sustainability transitions is an emerging field of research that has produced both conceptual understandings of the drivers of technological transitions, as well as more prescriptive and policy-engaged analyses of how shifts from unsustainable to sustainable forms of production and consumption can be achieved. Yet, attention towards the role of the state is underdeveloped in the field. The significance of this neglect has become more apparent in particular due to the heightened urgency around the need to tackle climate change and energy security, where there are increasing calls for an enhanced role for the state. This paper sets out to advance understandings of the multiple and conflicting roles that states play in transitions. It first addresses key weaknesses in the way the state has been examined thus far. Second, it highlights theoretical resources and conceptualisations of the state that can help scholars of transitions open up new and more productive avenues for understanding drivers and barriers to sustainable transitions drawing on examples from different sectors, regions and issue areas.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
School of Global Studies > International Relations
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Depositing User: Philip Johnstone
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2017 11:22
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 14:04

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