Conventional regimes: Part I: Sustainability transitions from a conventional perspective
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Innovation studies often use regimes as a theoretical construct to underst and technological evolution.Theories such as the multi-level perspective of system innovation depart from foundations found in science and technology studies, evolutionary economics, structuration theory and neo-institutional theory. Several constructive criticisms, however, have been levelled against the multi-level perspective suggesting it may be overly functionalistic and risk neglecting the role of agency. This paper revisits such criticisms in addition to the conceptualisation of rules and agency in the multi-level perspective. Subsequently, this paper draws on an emerging school of economic thought, suggesting a conceptual framework of regimes based in the economicsof conventions. This paper outlines the theoretical basis to concept of conventional regimes, highlighting a case of innovation where the emergence of principles which depart from those of the conventional regime has led to the development of niche spaces for innovation, departing from the conventional regime. This paper goes onto compare some of the commonalities and difference between this approach to studying innovation and the multi-level perspective.
Transitions; Multi-level perspective; Economics of conventions; Conventions; Rules; Coordination
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-105796OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-105796DiVA: diva2:572342
QS 20122012-11-272012-11-272012-11-27Bibliographically approved