How Does the Green Economy Grow? Institutional Agency for Green Path Development

Authors: Markku Sotarauta*, University of Tampere
Topics: Economic Geography
Keywords: Institution, agency, region, green, growth
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Marriott Ballroom Salon 1, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The quest for green growth has become one of the most urgent socio-economic questions of our time. Green growth is a term to describe a path of economic growth that uses natural resources in a sustainable manner. It provides an alternative concept to typical industrial economic growth. This paper, generically, engages in a rapidly expanding discussion of new industrial path development, and discusses greening of the Finnish economy by applying the distinction between path extension, upgrading, branching, importation and creation. Specifically, in relation to the path typology, it aims to answer the following research questions: What are the main institutional strategies adopted by intentional actors independently or in collaboration in their efforts to boost green path development in Finland? The main emphasis is on those institutional entrepreneurs and institutional navigators who work to institutionalise a greener economic path. The empirical analysis shows there are several actors, with differing roles, in multi-scalar public-private constellations enabling green businesses to be rooted in wider systems. The empirical analysis also reveals the diverse nature of institutional landscape shaping the emergence of green economy. The analysis highlights how the institutional actors work indirectly to shape the rules of the game and the playing field for industry-oriented efforts. Empirical analysis is based on 30 interviews with key actors at a national level and in two Finnish regions (Tampere regions and Central Finland) as well as the analysis of secondary data consisting of all the main policy documents.

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