The institutionalisation of sustainable practices in cities: how initiatives shape local selection environments

Barnes, Jake, Durrant, Rachael, Kern, Florian and MacKerron, Gordon (2018) The institutionalisation of sustainable practices in cities: how initiatives shape local selection environments. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 29. pp. 68-80. ISSN 2210-4224

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The ways in which institutions are reconfigured to change mainstream selection pressures to favour sustainability is central to research on sustainability transitions but has only recently begun to receive more attention. Of this existing work, empirical attention has mainly focused on the national level with less attention to local dynamics. Attending to this gap, we mobilise theory on institutionalisation processes and insights from the politics of transitions literature and take an actor perspective to investigate the agency of local sustainability initiatives to navigate local governance processes and reconfigure selection environments at the urban scale. Our work subsequently demonstrates the importance of diverse actor tactics, of networking for advocacy and of networking for the creation of informal, ad hoc governance arenas.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: transitions, sustainability, institutionalisation, agency, cities, governance
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Depositing User: Jacob Peter Barnes
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 14:06
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 12:45

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ARTS - Accelerating and Rescaling Transitions to Sustainability (DRIFT lead)G1281EUROPEAN UNION603654 - ARTS