Conventional regimes: Part II: A case study of German plastic waste management from a conventional perspective
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This article analyses the evolution of German plastic waste management technologies. Using insights from the economics of conventions, we investigate why the course of events led action to transpire in a specific way, when in the same conditions different actions may have occurred. The development of feedstock recycling niche was heavily affected by the political objectives of the regime. The establishment of these objectives were in turn influenced by actors’ games played out within the regime, in the context of the prevailing conventional principles and conventional objectives which regulate human action. In addition to market forces, the decline of feedstock recycling can then be related to its role as a strategy which was not in keeping with the strict interpretation of the prevention and valorisation principles, whose articulation formed the core principles ofthe German waste management regime.
Economics of conventions; Conventions; Coordination; Innovation; Waste management; Plastic waste
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-105798OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-105798DiVA: diva2:572343
QS 20122012-11-272012-11-272012-11-27Bibliographically approved