Over the past few decades, there has been a growing concern about the social and environmental risks which have come along with the progress achieved through a variety of mutually intertwined modernization processes. In recent years these concerns are transformed into a widely-shared sense of urgency, partly due to events such as the various pandemics threatening livestock, and increasing awareness of the risks and realities of climate change, and the energy and food crises. This sense of urgency includes an awareness that our entire social system is in need of fundamental transformation. But like the earlier transition between the 1750's and 1890's from a pre-modern to a modern industrial society, this second transition is also a contested one. Sustainable development is only one of many options. This book addresses the issue on how to understand the dynamics and governance of the second transition dynamics in order to ensure sustainable development. It will be necessary reading for students and scholars with an interest in sustainable development and long-term transformative change.
List of Figures. List of Tables. List of Textboxes. Foreword by Carlota Perez. Preface. Introduction: From Persistent Problems to System Innovations and Transitions Part 1: The Dynamics of Transitions: A Socio-Technical Perspective 1.1: Introduction: Exploration of the Research Topic 1.2: A Multi-Level Perspective on Transitions 1.3: Theoretical Backgrounds: Crossovers STS, Evolutionary Economics, and Sociology 1.4: A Typology of Transition Pathways 1.5: Managing Sustainable Innovation Journeys 1.6: Reflections: Process Theory, Causality and Narrative Explanation Part 2: Towards a Better Understanding of Transitions and Their Governance: A Systemic and Reflexive Approach 2.1: Introduction 2.2: A Complex Integrated Systems Perspective 2.3: Conceptual Framework for Analyzing Transitions 2.4: Research into the Governance of Transitions: A Framework for Transition Management 2.5: Case Study I: Parkstad Limburg: Regional Transition Management 2.6: Case Study II: The Dutch Energy Transition 2.7: Self-Evaluation of the Development and Prospects of Transition Management Part 3: Understanding Transitions from a Governance Perspective 3.1: Introduction 3.2: Contemporary Processes of Institutional Change 3.3: Modernization Processes in Dutch Agriculture, 1886 to the Present 3.4: The Governance of Transitions: An Agency Perspective 3.5: Modernization as Multilevel Dynamics: Lessons from Dutch Agriculture 3.6: Governance of Transitions: An Analytical Perspective. Conclusion: How to Understand Transitions? How to Influence Them?: Synthesis and Lessons for Further Research. Notes. References. Index.