Advanced

Integrating techno-economic, socio-technical and political perspectives on national energy transitions : A meta-theoretical framework

Cherp, Aleh LU ; Vinichenko, Vadim LU ; Jewell, Jessica; Brutschin, Elina and Sovacool, Benjamin (2018) In Energy Research and Social Science 37. p.175-190
Abstract

Economic development, technological innovation, and policy change are especially prominent factors shaping energy transitions. Therefore explaining energy transitions requires combining insights from disciplines investigating these factors. The existing literature is not consistent in identifying these disciplines nor proposing how they can be combined. We conceptualize national energy transitions as a co-evolution of three types of systems: energy flows and markets, energy technologies, and energy-related policies. The focus on the three types of systems gives rise to three perspectives on national energy transitions: techno-economic with its roots in energy systems analysis and various domains of economics; socio-technical with its... (More)

Economic development, technological innovation, and policy change are especially prominent factors shaping energy transitions. Therefore explaining energy transitions requires combining insights from disciplines investigating these factors. The existing literature is not consistent in identifying these disciplines nor proposing how they can be combined. We conceptualize national energy transitions as a co-evolution of three types of systems: energy flows and markets, energy technologies, and energy-related policies. The focus on the three types of systems gives rise to three perspectives on national energy transitions: techno-economic with its roots in energy systems analysis and various domains of economics; socio-technical with its roots in sociology of technology, STS, and evolutionary economics; and political with its roots in political science. We use the three perspectives as an organizing principle to propose a meta-theoretical framework for analyzing national energy transitions. Following Elinor Ostrom's approach, the proposed framework explains national energy transitions through a nested conceptual map of variables and theories. In comparison with the existing meta-theoretical literature, the three perspectives framework elevates the role of political science since policies are likely to be increasingly prominent in shaping 21st century energy transitions.

(Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
keywords
Co-evolution, Energy transitions, Meta-theoretical framework, Variables
in
Energy Research and Social Science
volume
37
pages
16 pages
publisher
Elsevier
external identifiers
  • scopus:85032725656
ISSN
2214-6296
DOI
10.1016/j.erss.2017.09.015
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
579f4d7e-5399-4a5d-9bd4-09e8a57be95c
date added to LUP
2017-11-14 07:11:12
date last changed
2018-10-07 05:02:04
@article{579f4d7e-5399-4a5d-9bd4-09e8a57be95c,
  abstract     = {<p>Economic development, technological innovation, and policy change are especially prominent factors shaping energy transitions. Therefore explaining energy transitions requires combining insights from disciplines investigating these factors. The existing literature is not consistent in identifying these disciplines nor proposing how they can be combined. We conceptualize national energy transitions as a co-evolution of three types of systems: energy flows and markets, energy technologies, and energy-related policies. The focus on the three types of systems gives rise to three perspectives on national energy transitions: techno-economic with its roots in energy systems analysis and various domains of economics; socio-technical with its roots in sociology of technology, STS, and evolutionary economics; and political with its roots in political science. We use the three perspectives as an organizing principle to propose a meta-theoretical framework for analyzing national energy transitions. Following Elinor Ostrom's approach, the proposed framework explains national energy transitions through a nested conceptual map of variables and theories. In comparison with the existing meta-theoretical literature, the three perspectives framework elevates the role of political science since policies are likely to be increasingly prominent in shaping 21st century energy transitions.</p>},
  author       = {Cherp, Aleh and Vinichenko, Vadim and Jewell, Jessica and Brutschin, Elina and Sovacool, Benjamin},
  issn         = {2214-6296},
  keyword      = {Co-evolution,Energy transitions,Meta-theoretical framework,Variables},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {03},
  pages        = {175--190},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Energy Research and Social Science},
  title        = {Integrating techno-economic, socio-technical and political perspectives on national energy transitions : A meta-theoretical framework},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2017.09.015},
  volume       = {37},
  year         = {2018},
}