Governing sustainability: a discourse-institutional approach

Genus, Audley (2014) Governing sustainability: a discourse-institutional approach. Sustainability, 6(1), pp. 283-305. ISSN (online) 2071-1050

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Abstract

The paper considers problems and possibilities connected with governing and realising the “transition to sustainability”— or at least to a more deeply resilient energy system. Conceptually its focus is on neo-institutional analysis and critical discourse analysis and the development of a discourse-institutional perspective. The first strand of the paper outlines the limitations of and potential insights into the governance of sustainability transitions that may be derived from adopting an approach based on a more thoroughgoing appreciation and application of work in sociology on neo-institutional theory. The second strand of the paper concerns discourse, recognising the role of text, discursive practice and social structures in framing the possibilities considered available and legitimate for governance. The two strands are brought together in a discourse-institutionalist framework, an approach that is illustrated by a case study of microgeneration in the UK. The paper’s conclusion makes suggestions regarding the conduct of future research employing the proposed approach, and for furthering our understanding of issues connected with the governance of sustainability transitions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: institutional theory; sustainable communities; critical discourse analysis; transition to sustainability
Research Area: Business and management studies
Sociology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Business and Law
Faculty of Business and Law > Small Business Research Centre
Depositing User: Audley Genus
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2013 13:35
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2014 13:36
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/27741

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