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Innovation Diffusion and Political Control of Energy Technologies

A Comparison of Combined Heat and Power Generation in the UK and Germany


Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Introduction

    1. Karl Matthias Weber
      Pages 1-11
  3. The PET-System - A Theoretical and Methodological Approach to Innovation Diffusion and Political Control

  4. Introduction of the Problem Area and Specification of the Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-130
    2. Karl Matthias Weber
      Pages 131-182
    3. Karl Matthias Weber
      Pages 183-200
  5. The Empirical Account: Cogeneration in the UK and Germany from the Early 80s to the Middle of the 90s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Karl Matthias Weber
      Pages 237-293
    3. Karl Matthias Weber
      Pages 295-362
    4. Karl Matthias Weber
      Pages 363-394
  6. Concluding Remarks on Cogeneration, Political Control and the PET-Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 395-395
    2. Karl Matthias Weber
      Pages 397-414
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 415-487

About this book


Two general questions stood at the beginning of this PhD-thesis, namely: • What are the mechanisms which lead to the emergence and establishment of new technologies? • How can this process of technological change be influenced politically? In this sense, conceptual and theoretical interests were the early driving forces of the research work. This is also reflected in the considerable attention paid to the nature of technological change and political control. The result is an holistic per­ spective which builds on inputs from different disciplines and aims at dynamic interpretation. This, however, created a severe methodological problem: How could such a comprehensive perspective be used constructively? To develop this link between theory and forward-looking, policy-oriented analysis, and to devise a methodology which showed explicitly how this approach could be used in a con­ structive way were in fact the major challenges of this research project. The appli­ cation to the example of combined heat and power generation, and the comparison of the developments in the UK and in Germany serve the purpose to demonstrate how this approach and methodology can be implemented in practice. These as­ pects were also of particular interest to the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), one ofthe institutes of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, where most of the research work reported in this PhD-thesis was carried out.


Energy Economics Energy Technologies Imitation Power Technology energy supply innovation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Prospective Technological StudiesJoint Research Centre European CommissionSevillaSpain

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