Local Demonstrations for Global Transitions—Dynamics across Governance Levels Fostering Socio-Technical Regime Change Towards Sustainability
2012 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 20, no 3, 461-479 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Which role do spatial dimensions play in the transformation of socio-technical regimes, in particular the energy system, towards more sustainable configurations? Concepts such as the multi-level perspective on socio-technical change have not given sufficient attention to space and place so far.
We develop our considerations around the case of an ‘Energy Region’ in Austria where people try to bring about a substantive shift in their local energy supply structure and have the ambition to contribute to a general transition towards sustainable energy systems. However, if this ambition is to stand the test of reality, what are the mechanisms and processes through which regional governance can have a broader impact on the transition of the energy system? What are the resources it can draw upon? What are the linkages with other governance levels?
We investigate in detail how one regional showcase for the feasibility of a non-fossil, sustainable energy system was set up in Murau, a remote, alpine district of Austria. Starting from the multi-level framework for the modelling of niche-regime interaction we put particular emphasis on the formation of discourse coalitions and dynamics of multi-level governance. Our findings support the view to pay considerably more attention to the interplay of local and non-local discourses and the dynamic relations between local initiatives and non-local networks which can provide specific opportunities for the legitimization and entrenchment of alternative socio-technical configurations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2012. Vol. 20, no 3, 461-479 p.
Socio-technical transitions / local regime variation / multi-level governance / Energy Regions
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Economic Geography Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-89103DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2012.651800OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-89103DiVA: diva2:606748