Rethinking Regulation – Research Review April 2010

Update on progress on the STEPS Centre’s Rethinking Regulation project.

The governance of sustainable socio-technical transitions

A quasi-evolutionary model of socio-technical transitions is described in which regimes face selection pressures continuously. Differentiated transition contexts determine the form and direction of regime change in response to these pressures. The articulation of pressures, and the degree to which responses are coordinated and based on resources available within the regime, define the transition context….

The Politics of Social-ecological Resilience and Sustainable Socio-technical Transitions

Technology-focused literature on socio-technical transitions shares some of the complex systems sensibilities of social-ecological systems research. We contend that the sharing of lessons between these areas of study must attend particularly to the common governance challenges that confront both approaches. Here, we focus on critical experience arising from reactions to a transition management approach to…

Rethinking Regulation: international norms and local realities

Technologies are finding their way to more remote and diverse corners of the globe, bringing with them significant opportunities for human development, but also risks – to individuals, the environment, and society as a whole. The ESRC STEPS Centre’s Regulation project investigated the challenge of regulating technology across very different local settings within an interdependent…

Silver Bullets, Grand Challenges and the New Philanthropy

Whether generic ‘silver bullet’ solutions can address complex development problems has been debated for many years. The ‘grand challenge’ extends the idea of the silver bullet in ways that speak to a goal-driven, global development agenda and a new generation of private philanthropists – or ‘philanthro-capitalists’ seeking to apply business methods to ‘strategic’ giving. These…

The Political Economy of Avian Influenza Response and Control in Vietnam

As a country suffering from large-scale AI outbreaks and receiving considerable international support, Vietnam provides a crucial case not to be missed in any analysis of the global AI crisis. Vietnam is also interesting because of two paradoxes in her response to AI. Despite being poor, Vietnam selected the most expensive approach (comprehensive vaccination) to…

Understanding Governance: pathways to sustainability

The challenges of understanding the governance of dynamic social, technological and environmental systems, and thier implications for sustainability and social justice, are addressed.

Rice Biofortification: Lessons for Global Science and Development

You can download the Accepted Manuscript of Chapter 4 of this book – An Alliance Around an Idea: The Shifting Boundaries of HarvestPlus Download Chapter 4 Buy this book About Biofortification – the enrichment of staple food crops with essential micronutrients – has been heralded as a uniquely sustainable solution to the problem of micronutrient…

Building institutions for an effective health system: Lessons from China’s experience with rural health reform

This paper is concerned with the management of health system changes aimed at substantially increasing the access to safe and effective health services. It argues that an effective health sector relies on trust-based relationships between users, providers and funders of health services, and that one of the major challenges governments face is to construct institutional…

Epidemics: Science, Governance and Social Justice

You can download the Accepted Manuscript of Chapter 1 of this book, Open Access. Download Chapter 1 Buy this book Recent disease events such as SARS, H1N1 and avian influenza, and haemorrhagic fevers have focussed policy and public concern as never before on epidemics and so-called ’emerging infectious diseases’. Understanding and responding to these often…