Rethinking the multi-level perspective for energy transitions: from regime life-cycle to explanatory typology of transition pathways

Kanger, Laur (2021) Rethinking the multi-level perspective for energy transitions: from regime life-cycle to explanatory typology of transition pathways. Energy Research and Social Science, 71. a101829 1-12. ISSN 2214-6296

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Abstract

The mounting challenge of climate change requires large-scale transitions in energy, mobility and agro-food systems underpinning industrial societies. An influential framework for the study of energy transitions is the Multi-level Perspective which has been applied to a broad range of new topics and questions over the last decades. One of the recent key themes is the timing, duration and acceleration of transitions. This paper aims to contribute to this discussion by offering a reformulation of MLP's 'global' model which explains socio-technical system shifts through interacting processes on niche, regime and landscape levels. Through a close inspection of MLP's seminal works coupled with selected insights from other literatures the paper develops two conceptualizations: 1) a regime life-cycle model of transitions; 2) a 'property space' based approach to transition pathways. These formulations enable to establish a common analytical core of various frameworks focused on systems change, open up new research questions, generate new hypotheses, construct an explanatory typology of transition pathways and provide practical methodological guidance for case selection in further research on energy and mobility transitions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Energy transitions, Multi-level Perspective, Life-cycle, Property space, Explanatory typology, Transition pathways
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 07:08
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 09:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/98484

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