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Existing disciplinary approaches to technological change in sociology, political sciences and economics highlight the role and importance of single political, economic or sociological factors for the diffusion process of new technologies, but an interdisciplinary framework which would explain innovative diffusion on the basis of the whole range of these factors is missing. Such a conceptual frame is defined as the politics, economics and technology (PET) system. Based on this approach, the case of cogeneration (CHP) in the United Kingdom is analysed, especially with regard to the developments during the last decade. Changes at the macro-level in economic, informational and political structures are confronted with the underlying constellations of interests and decisions at the level of the relevant actors. The dynamics of these interactions and transformations then serve as the starting point for a brief outlook on future possibilities for CHP in the UK and for the political management of changes of energy technology trajectories inside a liberalized framework. The question is raised whether the PET approach could prove to be a useful tool, and how it could be further applied.

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Authors: WEBER K M, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16443 EN (1996) 66pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
Record Number: 199611438 / Last updated on: 1996-12-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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