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Towards a governance of sustainability transitions: giving place to individuals

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Rauschmayer, Felix; Bauler, Tom; Schäpke, Niko

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Abstract Policies for sustainability transitions necessarily have three main characteristics: they are prescriptive with regard to dynamic societal processes, linked to the normativity of sustainable development, and are able to interlink both the societal and the individual levels. Taking transition management as a starting point, the paper elaborates that it cannot well address the second and third characteristic. We therefore suggest complementing transition management approaches with the individualistic capability approach and the more structural practice theory. We suggest a heuristic combination that places individuals back into the study of sustainability transitions and show with three suggestions how this might change research on and for transitions. Firstly, we propose to assess sustainability on individual, niche, and regime level; Secondly, we show that the crucial learning processes occurring in the transition processes can be better understood when interrelating the three levels; Finally, we elaborate that the governance of sustainability transitions necessarily has – at the same time – to foster free spaces for experimentation and to select those niches that are conducive to more instead of less sustainability.
Keywords sustainable development; justice; Intergenerational relations; social change; economic development (on national level); governance; social learning; environmental policy; motivation
Classification Ecology, Environment; Special areas of Departmental Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
City Leipzig
Page/Pages 33 p.
Series UFZ Discussion Papers, 17/2013
ISSN 1436-140X
Status Published Version
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike