Sustainable urban regime adjustments

Maj-Britt Quitzau, Jens Stissing Jensen, Morten Elle, Birgitte Hoffmann

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    The endogenous agency that urban governments increasingly portray by making conscious and planned efforts to adjust the regimes they operate within is currently not well captured in transition studies.
    There is a need to acknowledge the ambiguity of regime enactment at the urban scale. This directs attention to the transformative implications of conscious strategic maneuvering by incumbent regime
    actors, when confronting regime structurations. This article provides insight to processes of regime enactment performed by local governments by applying a flow-oriented perspective on regime dynamics,
    inspired by Actor-Network Theory to demonstrate that regime incumbent actors can induce gradual regime adjustments at the urban scale. This is done through a case study of an urban development
    project, where the Municipality of Egedal in Denmark has successfully promoted energy efficient buildings through adjustments in existing planning and building procedures. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
    Pages (from-to)140-147
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Strategic planning
    • Urban
    • Endogenous renewal
    • Sustainable transitions
    • Actor-Network Theory


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