Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning

The Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning is an international journal that provides a forum for the critical analysis of environmental policy and planning. It explores the environmental dimensions of common policies such as transport, agriculture and fisheries, urban and rural policy, all stages in the policy and planning processes from formulation to implementation, the interactions between governments and markets, the strategies of non-governmental organizations and business in relation to the environment, and land-use decision-making.

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The Politics of Sustainability Transitions

Sustainability transitions are processes of fundamental social change in response to societal challenges. They reflect a particular diagnosis of persistent social problems, in which persistence is attributed to the path dependency of dominant practices and structures (i.e. ‘regimes’), whose resolution requires structural and long-term change. By their nature, transitions involve politics in the broadest sense of the word. There are recurring calls for an increased attention to the politics of transition highlighting that the existing body of research has failed to consolidate, remain relatively dispersed and lack in systematic comparison of otherwise rich case studies. This virtual special issue reasserts this conviction and the papers included here cast light on this from a range of fields including Environmental Governance, Post-structuralist Theories, Political Science, Policy Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Practice Theory, Political Geography and Development Studies. It takes up the challenge to expand our understanding of the politics of sustainability transitions and highlights the disciplines and ontologies that could be central to this, with the papers in this issue offering important contributions to these debates.

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