Designed to travel? Transition management encounters environmental and innovation policy histories in Finland

Eva Heiskanen (Corresponding Author), Sirkku Kivisaari, Raimo Lovio, Per Mickwitz

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Transition management is a new concept for long-term policy design for the reflexive governance of socio-technical systems. It has recently attracted attention beyond its original context, the Netherlands. Yet, considering the local origins of transition management, it is also valid to question whether its assumptions concerning the governance of long-term transitions ‘travel well’. This article aims to explore early experiences of transferring the transition management model into the Finnish context on the basis of two case studies in different sectors. We suggest that the policy design changes when it is moved to another country and identify factors that influence the outcome of the transfer process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-427
JournalPolicy Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



  • environmental policy
  • health care policy
  • innovation
  • long-term policy design
  • policy transfer
  • sustainability
  • transition management

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