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Technological Transitions and System Innovations: A Co-Evolutionary and Socio-Technical Analysis (Hardback)
  • Technological Transitions and System Innovations: A Co-Evolutionary and Socio-Technical Analysis (Hardback)

Technological Transitions and System Innovations: A Co-Evolutionary and Socio-Technical Analysis (Hardback)

Hardback 328 Pages
Published: 24/02/2005
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This important book addresses how long term and large scale shifts from one socio-technical system to another come about, using insights from evolutionary economics, sociology of technology and innovation studies. These major changes involve not just technological changes, but also changes in markets, regulation, culture, industrial networks and infrastructure.

The book develops a multi-level perspective, arguing that transitions take place through the alignment of multiple processes at three levels: niche, regime and landscape. This perspective is illustrated by detailed historical case studies: the transition from sailing ships to steamships, the transition from horse-and-carriage to automobiles and the transition from propeller-piston engine aircraft to turbojets.

This book will be of great interest to researchers in innovation studies, evolutionary economics, sociology of technology and environmental studies. It will also be useful for policy makers involved in long-term sustainability and systems transitions issues.

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781845420093
Number of pages: 328
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


'The book provides a useful interdisciplinary overview of the range of existing theoretical approaches that a scholar might wish to apply to studies of technological transitions and system innovation. In adopting a novel sociotechnical and coevolutionary approach it represents a significant advance in understanding the factors that influence how such transitions come about and identifying important underlying patterns and mechanisms.'

-- Andrew Williams, Journal of Industrial Ecology
'This major effort at understanding technological transitions from the inside, not only permits a richer understanding of those complex processes in the past, but also provides a powerful set of analytic tools to guide action towards the future. It will be useful for academics, technologists and enlightened policymakers as well as for interested laypersons.'

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