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NilsDroste

Nils Droste

Principal Investigator | Associate Senior Lecturer

NilsDroste

Steering innovations towards a green economy : Understanding government intervention

Author

  • Nils Droste
  • Bernd Hansjürgens
  • Peter Kuikman
  • Nils Otter
  • Riina Antikainen
  • Pekka Leskinen
  • Kati Pitkänen
  • Laura Saikku
  • Eleonore Loiseau
  • Marianne Thomsen

Summary, in English

In this paper we analyse institutional conditions facilitating the transition towards a green economy by encouraging investment in the enhancement of natural capital and social equity, focussing especially on government interventions. Presenting a conceptual institutional model how innovation generally occurs, we depict system levels that can be influenced by government interventions to facilitate societal innovations towards a green economy. We hypothesize that the transition to a green economy is about extending the possibility frontier outwards towards a greener economy while at the same time limiting the “action space” at the brown economy end; a normative evaluation framework is presented to assess transitions correspondingly. We elaborate on the emerging lessons for governance by examining evidence from five selected European case studies, and provide a non-exhaustive list of impacts that government intervention may have on the action spaces available at different system levels.

Publishing year

2016-11-01

Language

English

Pages

426-434

Publication/Series

Journal of Cleaner Production

Volume

135

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Elsevier

Keywords

  • Governance
  • Green economy
  • Innovation
  • Natural capital
  • Social equity
  • Transition management

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0959-6526