Authors: Fuchs, Gerhard
Wassermann, Sandra
Title: Picking a Winner?
Other Titles: Innovation in Photovoltaics and the Political Creation of Niche Markets
Language (ISO): en
Abstract: Innovation theory has pointed to the complex, non-linear character of innovation processes. Heterogeneous networks of actors including a mixed spectrum of many and diverse academic, economic, and governmental agencies combine to achieve innovations. Is there any role for innovation policy beyond influencing framework conditions in such a situation? The article analyzes 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.
Issue Date: 2008-12
Provenance: Technische Universität Dortmund
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