Urban sustainability transitions in a context of multi-level governance: A comparison of four European states

Ehnert, Franziska, Kern, Florian, Borgström, Sara, Gorissen, Leen, Maschmeyer, Steffan and Egermann, Markus (2017) Urban sustainability transitions in a context of multi-level governance: A comparison of four European states. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. ISSN 2210-4224

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Urban sustainability transitions have attracted increasing academic interest. However, the political-institutional contexts, in which these urban sustainability transitions unfold and by which they are incited, shaped, or inhibited, have received much less attention. This is why we aim at extending previous studies of sustainability transitions by incorporating a multi-level governance perspective. While multi-level governance has been a long-standing theme in political science research, it has remained under-explored in the study of sustainability transitions. This claim is the starting point of our comparative analysis of urban sustainability transitions in Brighton (UK), Dresden (Germany), Genk (Belgium) and Stockholm (Sweden). Our approach “brings the politics back in” by elucidating the dynamics of power concentration and power dispersion generated by different national governance contexts. In our analysis, we explore which opportunities and obstacles these diverse governance contexts provide for urban sustainability transitions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Research Centres and Groups: The Sussex Energy Group
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state
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Depositing User: Florian Kern
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2017 11:23
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 14:27
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70025

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ARTS - Accelerating and Rescaling Transitions to Sustainability (DRIFT lead)G1281EUROPEAN UNION603654 - ARTS