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Climate Crisis and the Democratic ProspectParticipatory Governance in Sustainable Communities$
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Frank Fischer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199594917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199594917.001.0001

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Technocratic Strategy as Central Steering: From Sustainable Development to Transition Management

Technocratic Strategy as Central Steering: From Sustainable Development to Transition Management

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(p.67) 3 Technocratic Strategy as Central Steering: From Sustainable Development to Transition Management
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Climate Crisis and the Democratic Prospect
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Frank Fischer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199594917.003.0004

This chapter continues the discussion of technocratic theory and practice by examining its implications for governmental steering. It begins with a discussion of the technocratic emphasis in the theory of ecological modernization and its focus on technological solutions, including the concept of the technological fix. After examining this as an approach for technological development related to climate change, the chapter examines the innovative Dutch strategy of transition management designed as a “new mode of governance for sustainable development.” Developed as an attempt to identify socio-technical options and to move them into the policy decision processes, the strategy illustrates the way in which technocratic thinking can unwittingly seep into projects with a wider set of goals.

Keywords:   technological innovation, sustainable development, ecological modernization, green growth technical fix, transition management

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