Socio-technical transitions and policy change - Advocacy coalitions in Swiss energy policy

Markard, Jochen; Suter, Marco; Ingold, Karin (2016). Socio-technical transitions and policy change - Advocacy coalitions in Swiss energy policy. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 18, pp. 215-237. Elsevier 10.1016/j.eist.2015.05.003

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Policies and politics are an integral part of socio-technical transitions but have not received much attention in the transitions literature so far. Drawing on the advocacy coalition framework, our paper addresses this gap with a study on actors and coalitions in Swiss energy policy. Our results show that advocacy coalitions in Switzerland have largely remained stable despite the Fukushima shock. However, heterogeneity of beliefs has increased and in 2013, even a majority of actors expressed their support for the energy transition – an indication that major policy change might be ahead. It seems that in socio-technical transitions, changes in the policy issue and in the actor base also work toward policy change, next to changes in core beliefs. We make suggestions how the advocacy coalition framework can inform analysis and theory building in transition studies. We also present first ideas about the interplay of socio-technical systems and policy systems.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)

UniBE Contributor:

Ingold, Karin Mirjam


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science








Jeremy Simeon Trottmann

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04 Jul 2016 13:00

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05 Dec 2022 14:56

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