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Sustainability 2016, 8(10), 1017; doi:10.3390/su8101017

Transition Governance towards a Bioeconomy: A Comparison of Finland and The Netherlands

DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute for Transitions), Erasmus University Rotterdam, 3062 PA Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Academic Editors: Antje Klitkou and Teis Hansen
Received: 2 September 2016 / Revised: 4 October 2016 / Accepted: 6 October 2016 / Published: 13 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Innovation and Sustainable Development for the Bioeconomy)
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In both Finland and The Netherlands strategies are being developed to switch from fossil to green resources in order to tackle the challenges of climate change and resource dependencies and to tap into the economic opportunities that arise. We investigated the similarities and differences in the transition process and governance strategies with respect to the transition towards a bioeconomy in both countries, using transition management as an evaluative lens. The research method involved comparative qualitative case study analysis through action research. We found that the governance approach in The Netherlands focusses on co-creating a long-term vision that informs for short-term action, on facilitating bottom-up regional clusters and promoting radical innovation through cooperation between vested players and frontrunners. Finland adopts a more traditional, top-down governance strategy, focussing on the shorter-term economic opportunities and incremental innovation that keep the overall structure of existing industries intact. We conclude that the Dutch government acts as a facilitator, while the Finnish government acts more as a director of the transition. We recommend that Finland’s governance for the bioeconomy be improved by applying insights from transition management, while the Dutch approach runs the risk of being captured by vested interests. View Full-Text
Keywords: bioeconomy; biobased economy; Finland; The Netherlands; transition management bioeconomy; biobased economy; Finland; The Netherlands; transition management
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Bosman, R.; Rotmans, J. Transition Governance towards a Bioeconomy: A Comparison of Finland and The Netherlands. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1017.

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