Journal article

Regime resistance and accommodation: Toward a neo-Gramscian perspective on energy transitions

Adrian Ford, Peter Newell

ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Transition scholars are increasingly addressing questions of power and politics in their explanations of the direction and form of sustainability transitions. Drawing on insights from neo-Gramscian scholarship to enhance the conceptualisation of power in sustainability transitions, we develop a theoretical account of how combinations of incumbent actor resistance and accommodation contribute to regime stability and change. We use this to understand how incumbent firms and their industry organisations contribute to the (re)production of a socio-technical regime by drawing on material, institutional and discursive forms of power to execute strategies of resistance and accommodation. This helps..

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Funding Acknowledgements

A. Ford was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship throughout his PhD, the findings of which inform this paper. The authors would like to thank three anonymous peer referees who provided helpful comments on earlier versions of this paper.