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Record number 393262
Title Dealing with incumbent regimes: Deliberateness and serendipity of innovation agency
Author(s) Klerkx, L.W.A.; Aarts, M.N.C.; Leeuwis, C.
Source In: Proceedings of the 9th European IFSA Symposium, 4-7 July 2010, Vienna, Austria. - Vienna : IFSA Europe - ISBN 9783200019089 - p. 423 - 433.
Event Vienna : IFSA Europe - ISBN 9783200019089 9th European IFSA Symposium, Vienna, Austria, 2010-07-04/2010-07-07
Department(s) Communication Science
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2010
Abstract This paper addresses how actors in niche innovation projects interact with existing socio-technical regimes. The focus is on actor strategies deployed to create changes in the institutional environment of projects in order to establish a more conducive environment for niche projects. The paper identifies several such effective reformism strategies: framing novelties within existing rules, seeking outright confrontation and challenging or bypassing the current institutional context, and “guerilla tactics” in which pressure is gradually built up at different economic and political levels. Tangible visions and boundary spanning actors that fulfill boundary spanning roles are essential here. Niche project actors need to continuously re-interpret the contexts in which they move, although they can only partly influence these contexts. Keywords: agricultural innovation systems, niches, agency, institutional environment, effective reformism, innovation journeys, The Netherlands
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