More Evolution than Revolution : Transition Management in Public Policy

J. Rotmans, R.P.M. Kemp, M. van Asselt

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Transitions are transformation processes in which society changes in a fundamental way over a generation or more. Although the goals of a transition are ultimately chosen by society, governments can play a role in bringing about structural change in a stepwise manner. Their management involves sensitivity to existing dynamics and regular adjustment of goals to overcome the conflict between long‐term ambition and short‐term concerns. This article uses the example of a transition to a low emission energy supply in the Netherlands to argue that transition management provides a basis for coherence and consistency in public policy and can be the spur to sustainable development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-31
JournalForesight (London): the journal of insurance and risk management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001

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