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Presentation Policy mixes for sustainability transitions: New insights through bridging innovation and policy studies

Conference: International Conference on Public Policy
Event by: International Public Policy Association
26.06.19 - 28.06.19, University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada

There has been an increasing interest in science, technology and innovation policy studies in the topic of policy mixes. While earlier studies conceptualised policy mixes mainly in terms of combinations of instruments to support innovation, more recent literature extends the focus to how policy mixes can foster sustainability transitions. For this, broader policy mix conceptualisations have emerged which also include considerations of policy goals and policy strategies; policy mix characteristics such as consistency, coherence, credibility and comprehensiveness; as well as policy making and implementation processes. It is these ‘policy mixes for sustainability transitions’ which are the subject of a special issue introduced in this presentation. With this special issue, the research team aims at supporting the emergence of a new strand of interdisciplinary social science research on policy mixes which combines approaches, methods and insights from innovation and policy studies to promote conceptual and methodological novelty and to increase the visibility.

This presentation not only gives an overview of forthcoming sustainable innovation (SI) policy mixes in research policy with the themes methodological advances, policy making and implementation, actors and agency, evaluating policy mixes and co-evolution but also gives a reflection of those papers.