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ISSN: 1463-6689

Online from: 1999

Subject Area: Strategy

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More evolution than revolution: transition management in public policy


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Title:More evolution than revolution: transition management in public policy
Author(s):Jan Rotmans, (Maastricht University, International Centre for Integrative Studies (ICIS)), René Kemp, (Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), Maastricht University, PO Box 616 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands), Marjolein van Asselt, (Maastricht University, International Centre for Integrative Studies (ICIS))
Citation:Jan Rotmans, René Kemp, Marjolein van Asselt, (2001) "More evolution than revolution: transition management in public policy", foresight, Vol. 3 Iss: 1, pp.15 - 31
Keywords:Evolution, Sustainable development, The Netherlands
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/14636680110803003 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Transitions are transformation processes in which society changes in a fundamental way over a generation or more. Although the goals of a transition are ultimately chosen by society, governments can play a role in bringing about structural change in a stepwise manner. Their management involves sensitivity to existing dynamics and regular adjustment of goals to overcome the conflict between long-term ambition and short-term concerns. This article uses the example of a transition to a low emission energy supply in the Netherlands to argue that transition management provides a basis for coherence and consistency in public policy and can be the spur to sustainable development.



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