Policy mixes, policy interplay and low carbon transitions: the case of passenger transport in Finland

Kivimaa, Paula and Virkamäki, Venla (2013) Policy mixes, policy interplay and low carbon transitions: the case of passenger transport in Finland. Environmental Policy and Governance, 24 (1). pp. 28-41. ISSN 1756-932X

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The promotion of low-carbon transport systems is largely dependent on the interplay between technology, innovation, markets, people's behaviour and policy. Various policies jointly influence the development of transport systems, some policies implying different or even contradictory designs for future transport systems. Policy interplay has not been much addressed in previous research on sustainability transitions. This article combines the technological innovation system (TIS) functions, within the transitions framework, with policy analysis to empirically map multiple policies and their intended paths towards low-carbon transport systems. Empirically, the article provides a systematic review of Finnish national-level policies for transport and transport-related innovation. The discussion examines the contribution of the current policy mix to sustainability transitions based on its degree of attempt to re-design the transport system. The findings reveal that policy support is more comprehensive regarding more energy-efficient vehicles and low-carbon fuels than based on reduced transport demand or alternative transport modes. A holistic policy approach towards low-carbon transitions is only achieved to a degree and innovation policy gaps are identified

Item Type: Article
Keywords: transport policy;innovation policy;sustainability transitions;policy coherence;climate change mitigation
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE170 Environmental policy
H Social Sciences
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN7390 Finland
Depositing User: Paula Kivimaa
Date Deposited: 08 May 2015 07:55
Last Modified: 08 May 2015 07:55
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53917
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