Experiments in Climate Governance – A Systematic Review of Research on Energy and Built Environment Transitions

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Paula Kivimaa

SPRU, University of Sussex; Government of the Republic of Finland - Finnish Environment Institute

Mikael Hildén

Government of the Republic of Finland - Finnish Environment Institute

Dave Huitema

VU University Amsterdam

Andrew Jordan

University of East Anglia (UEA)

Jens Newig

Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany, Institute of Environmental Communication

Date Written: December 10, 2015

Abstract

Experimentation has been proposed as a key way in which governance drives sustainability transitions, notably by creating space for innovative solutions to emerge. In seeking to bring greater coherence to the literatures on climate and sustainability governance experiments, this article reports on a systematic review of articles published between 2009 and 2015. Based on these results a new definition and typology of climate governance experiments is suggested. The typology distinguishes between the various purposes experiments can have, including niche creation, market creation, spatial development, and societal problem solving. It deepens the understanding of the diversity in experimenting by highlighting the salient features of different types of governance experiments. It can therefore guide future research to generate more cumulative research findings contributing to a better understanding of the role and outcomes of experiments in societal transitions. The findings also suggests that real transitions towards low-carbon and climate-resilient societies will require a systematic deliberate combination of different types of experiments.

Keywords: policy innovation, experiment, experimentation, sustainability transitions, climate policy

Suggested Citation

Kivimaa, Paula and Hildén, Mikael and Huitema, Dave and Jordan, Andrew and Newig, Jens, Experiments in Climate Governance – A Systematic Review of Research on Energy and Built Environment Transitions (December 10, 2015). SWPS 2015-36, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2744706 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2744706

Paula Kivimaa (Contact Author)

SPRU, University of Sussex ( email )

Falmer, Brighton BN1 9SL
United Kingdom

Government of the Republic of Finland - Finnish Environment Institute ( email )

00260 Helsinki
Finland

Mikael Hildén

Government of the Republic of Finland - Finnish Environment Institute ( email )

00260 Helsinki
Finland

Dave Huitema

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

Andrew Jordan

University of East Anglia (UEA)

Norwich Research Park
Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Jens Newig

Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany, Institute of Environmental Communication ( email )

Scharnhorststrasse 1
Lüneburg, 21314
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.leuphana.de/newig-jens.html

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