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The light industry as actor and factor in the EU discontinuation of the incandescent light bulb.

Schulte, A. K. (2015) The light industry as actor and factor in the EU discontinuation of the incandescent light bulb.

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Abstract:This thesis aims at improving the understanding of the research field of purposeful governance of discontinuation, while focusing on the role of industry as governing change in a socio-technical system. The EU Eco-Design Directive implementing the phase-out of the incandescent light bulbs is selected as the case of interest. In addition to the triple embeddedness framework which presents the interactions between firms and their environments, the thesis employs a concept of governance of change in a socio-technical system which helps to find answers to the questions who is driving change and how it is done. In a qualitative interpretative style, the adopted grounded theory approach allows for an interwoven data collection and analysis process of public policy, industry and other documents, e.g. from NGOs. A major aim is the reconstruction of discourses on barriers to discontinuation and the way they are governed. The empirical findings point to four different sets of strategies that are employed by firms-in-industries to manage the ILB discontinuation issues. This inquiry suggests that industry actors strategically entered the policy-making sphere as an entrepreneur in order to take advantage of the regulatory power of the European Commission and the discontinuation efforts which is considered as ‘tentative industrial agency’.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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