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A comparative review of the role of markets and institutions in sustaining innovation in cleantech: a critical mass approach

A comparative review of the role of markets and institutions in sustaining innovation in... This paper serves to examine and compare the role of markets and institutions in the adoption of clean technologies (`cleantech') in Canada, Germany and the USA. Sustainable innovation and industry growth in cleantech in a particular jurisdiction can take place when there is ongoing market pressure for cleantech and a `critical mass' of private sector, government and academic actors, initiatives and structures that support the widespread adoption and use of cleantech. Employing Webb's (2005) sustainable governance approach as a base of analysis, it would appear that Canada lacks the density of institutions, instruments, processes and actors needed to create a critical mass to support sustainable cleantech activity in the long-term. In particular, when compared with Germany and the USA, the Canadian approach lacks key federal support and lacks the degree of private sector and civil society (academic) activity in cleantech that can be observed in those jurisdictions. Keywords: cleantech; critical mass; sustainable innovation; institutional practices; role of markets. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Webb, K., Cruz, R. and Walsh, P.R. (2017) `A comparative review of the role of markets and institutions in sustaining innovation in cleantech: a critical mass approach', Int. J. Innovation and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development Inderscience Publishers

A comparative review of the role of markets and institutions in sustaining innovation in cleantech: a critical mass approach

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1740-8822
eISSN
1740-8830
DOI
10.1504/IJISD.2017.083307
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Abstract

This paper serves to examine and compare the role of markets and institutions in the adoption of clean technologies (`cleantech') in Canada, Germany and the USA. Sustainable innovation and industry growth in cleantech in a particular jurisdiction can take place when there is ongoing market pressure for cleantech and a `critical mass' of private sector, government and academic actors, initiatives and structures that support the widespread adoption and use of cleantech. Employing Webb's (2005) sustainable governance approach as a base of analysis, it would appear that Canada lacks the density of institutions, instruments, processes and actors needed to create a critical mass to support sustainable cleantech activity in the long-term. In particular, when compared with Germany and the USA, the Canadian approach lacks key federal support and lacks the degree of private sector and civil society (academic) activity in cleantech that can be observed in those jurisdictions. Keywords: cleantech; critical mass; sustainable innovation; institutional practices; role of markets. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Webb, K., Cruz, R. and Walsh, P.R. (2017) `A comparative review of the role of markets and institutions in sustaining innovation in cleantech: a critical mass approach', Int. J. Innovation and

Journal

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable DevelopmentInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2017

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