Low Carbon Innovation Paths in Europe and Asia

Science and Public Policy 43.4
Editor Altenburg, T., Sagar, A., Schmitz, H. and Xue, L.
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Altenburg, T., Sagar, A., Schmitz, H. and Xue, L.(2016) 'Guest Editorial: Comparing Low-carbon Innovation Paths in Asia and Europe'

The current technological shift from high to low carbon development coincides with a geographical shift: the rapid expansion of green production and innovation capacity in China and India. This constellation gives rise to the question: to what extent, how and why do the innovation paths in Europe and in Asia differ?

The articles in this Special Issue focus on this question and present the findings of new comparative research on renewable energy and electromobility. The articles are particularly concerned with the role of public policy in shaping the innovation paths. The contributors, though, avoid mono-causal explanations and explore the complex and evolving inter-relationships between public policy and other determinants such as national context and corporate strategies.

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