Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://dx.doi.org/10.18419/opus-5505
Authors: Fuchs, Gerhard
Wassermann, Sandra
Title: Picking a winner? : innovation in photovoltaics and the political creation of niche markets
Issue Date: 2009
metadata.ubs.publikation.typ: Arbeitspapier
Series/Report no.: Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Risiko- und Nachhaltigkeitsforschung;13
URI: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:93-opus-45108
http://elib.uni-stuttgart.de/handle/11682/5522
http://dx.doi.org/10.18419/opus-5505
ISBN: 978-3-938245-12-5
Abstract: Innovation theory has pointed to the complex, non-linear character of innovation processes. Heterogeneous networks of actors that include a mixed spectrum of academic, economic, and governmental actors and agencies combine to achieve innovations. Is there any role for innovation policy beyond influencing framework conditions in such a situation? The article analyses the case of a successful innovation in the energy sector: Photovoltaics. It argues that - given the special characteristics of the energy sector – successful innovation depended on strong political support and an advocacy coalition which achieved institutional backing. The method chosen to realize the innovation was the creation of a niche market with the help of regulatory instruments.
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