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Stine Madsen

PhD student

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A constructivist approach to the spatial organization of transformative innovation policy

Author

  • Stine Madsen

Summary, in English

Recent attempts to conceptualize the multi-level governance of transformative innovation policy make strong arguments in favour of pursuing societal challenges at the subnational scale. This article suggests, that these recent efforts risk falling into a scalar trap, because they rely on a theoretical assumption about the policy effectiveness of the subnational scale. In response, the paper proposes a constructivist approach to the spatial organization of transformative innovation policy. The constructivist approach views scale as continuously produced and contested by actors. Moreover, it suggests that rescaling may be an important aspect of multi-level governance of transformative innovation policy because it has the potential to alter the influence of actors in the prevailing socio-technical system. The approach is illustrated with an empirical analysis of waste management in Denmark where a transformative innovation policy has recently been introduced, rescaling decision-making away from a traditionally strong subnational scalar arrangement.

Department/s

  • Department of Human Geography
  • CIRCLE

Publishing year

2022

Language

English

Pages

340-351

Publication/Series

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

Volume

42

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Elsevier

Topic

  • Human Geography

Keywords

  • Transformative innovation policy
  • Multi-level governance
  • Scale
  • Scalar trap
  • Rescaling
  • Waste management

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2210-4224