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Policy Responses by Different Agents/Stakeholders in a Transition: Integrating the Multi-level Perspective and Behavioural Economics. WWWforEurope Working Paper No. 48

Ardjan Gazheli, Miklós Antal, Ben Drake, Tim Jackson, Sigrid Stagl, Jeroen van den Bergh and Manuel Wäckerle
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Miklós Antal: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Tim Jackson: University of Surrey
Sigrid Stagl: Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
Manuel Wäckerle: Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

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Abstract: This short paper considers all possible stakeholders in different stages of a sustainability transition and matches their behavioural features and diversity to policies. This will involve an assessment of potential or expected responses of stakeholders to a range of policy instruments. Following the Multi-Level Perspective framework to conceptualise sustainability transitions, we classify the various transition policies at niche, regime and landscape levels. Next, we offer a complementary classification of policies based on a distinction between social preferences and bounded rationality. The paper identifies many barriers to making a sustainability transition and how to respond to them. In addition, lessons are drawn from the case of Denmark. The detailed framework and associated literature for the analysis was discussed in Milestone 31 of the WWWforEurope project.

Date: 2013 Written 2013-12-19
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