Transitions: An Institutionalist Perspective

Parto, Saeed (2003). Transitions: An Institutionalist Perspective. UNU-MERIT Research Memoranda. UNU-MERIT.

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    Author Parto, Saeed
    Title Transitions: An Institutionalist Perspective
    Series Title UNU-MERIT Research Memoranda
    Volume/Issue No. 19
    Publication Date 2003
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Language eng
    Abstract A transition to a new technological regime is complete (and stable) when accompanied with a co-stabilization between the mode of regulation and the regime of accumulation. Key to understanding the dynamics of transitions are the factors, including institutions, that 'regulate' and stabilize the regime of accumulation over time. However, the available frameworks for institutional analysis employ arbitrary and narrow definition of institutions, focus mainly on the policy domain, and do not pay sufficient attention to the evolutionary characteristics of change as manifested in emergence of numerous institutions that underlie transitions. This paper consists of three parts. The first part critically reviews and synthesizes some of the main approaches for conducting institutional analysis. The second part rearticulates the concept of 'transitions', or technological regime shifts, from a systems perspective to make a case for investigating transitions as multi-level, multi-scale, and multi-system phenomena best understood in their institutional contexts. The third part proposes a framework for examining institutional change and demonstrates how this framework may be used to identify the key factors and conditions whose convergence might result in transitions in a given subsystem. Examples are drawn from the Dutch waste management subsystem to demonstrate how this framework should be operationalized.
    Copyright Year 2003
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