Author(s): Nilsson, M., K. Hillman, T. Magnusson
In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, available online 18 May, 2012
Type: Journal article
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How do we govern sustainable innovations? Mapping patterns of governance for biofuels and hybrid-electric vehicle technologies
This paper examines patterns of governance aimed at sustainable technological innovation in the transport sector.
It makes an overall assessment of governance emerging in the fields of biofuel and hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) technologies, and makes a classification of its characteristics. It examines the role of different actors and levels of governance as well as preferred mechanisms and targets of governance.
The assessment reveals that there are rather differential patterns of governance influencing the two fields. For instance, international-level and market-based governance are much more prevalent in biofuels, whereas industry-led and cognitive governance play comparatively stronger roles in HEV.
These patterns can be understood in light of both the different institutional and actor characteristics of the two technologies, and their positions in relation to socio-technical regimes.
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