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A transition in the Dutch wastewater system? The struggle between discourses and with lock-ins

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Recently, calls have increased for a paradigm shift or transition towards resource recovery and a circular economy in the Dutch wastewater system. However, we have observed diverging interpretations on the nature of the transition. This reflects the political environment of sustainability transitions: political struggle emerges over the definition of problems, futures and strategies to be used. In order to help clarify the emerging debate and identify political choices, we conducted a discourse analysis. We identified three discourses that reveal some of the political choices to be made. One discourse is becoming dominant and focusses on optimising the large-scale infrastructure, market development and legislative changes. The discourse draws on the existing infrastructure and current political-economic institutions, which gives it an advantage in becoming dominant. Our findings also suggest that this discourse shapes a transition pathway that is characterised by lock-in effects and, at most, incremental changes instead of a fundamental shift in the established Dutch wastewater system.
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Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Wastewater, transition, discourse, politics, circular economy, CIRCULAR ECONOMY, SECTOR CHARACTERISTICS, RESOURCE RECOVERY, TRANSFORMATION, EXPECTATIONS, GOVERNANCE, DYNAMICS, POLITICS, ENERGY

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Ampe, Kasper, et al. “A Transition in the Dutch Wastewater System? The Struggle between Discourses and with Lock-Ins.” JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & PLANNING, 2020.
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Ampe, K., Paredis, E., Asveld, L., Osseweijer, P., & Block, T. (2020). A transition in the Dutch wastewater system? The struggle between discourses and with lock-ins. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & PLANNING.
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Ampe, Kasper, Erik Paredis, Lotte Asveld, Patricia Osseweijer, and Thomas Block. 2020. “A Transition in the Dutch Wastewater System? The Struggle between Discourses and with Lock-Ins.” JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & PLANNING.
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Ampe, Kasper, Erik Paredis, Lotte Asveld, Patricia Osseweijer, and Thomas Block. 2020. “A Transition in the Dutch Wastewater System? The Struggle between Discourses and with Lock-Ins.” JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & PLANNING.
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Ampe K, Paredis E, Asveld L, Osseweijer P, Block T. A transition in the Dutch wastewater system? The struggle between discourses and with lock-ins. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & PLANNING. 2020;
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K. Ampe, E. Paredis, L. Asveld, P. Osseweijer, and T. Block, “A transition in the Dutch wastewater system? The struggle between discourses and with lock-ins,” JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & PLANNING, 2020.
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  abstract     = {Recently, calls have increased for a paradigm shift or transition towards resource recovery and a circular economy in the Dutch wastewater system. However, we have observed diverging interpretations on the nature of the transition. This reflects the political environment of sustainability transitions: political struggle emerges over the definition of problems, futures and strategies to be used. In order to help clarify the emerging debate and identify political choices, we conducted a discourse analysis. We identified three discourses that reveal some of the political choices to be made. One discourse is becoming dominant and focusses on optimising the large-scale infrastructure, market development and legislative changes. The discourse draws on the existing infrastructure and current political-economic institutions, which gives it an advantage in becoming dominant. Our findings also suggest that this discourse shapes a transition pathway that is characterised by lock-in effects and, at most, incremental changes instead of a fundamental shift in the established Dutch wastewater system.},
  author       = {Ampe, Kasper and Paredis, Erik and Asveld, Lotte and Osseweijer, Patricia and Block, Thomas},
  issn         = {1523-908X},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & PLANNING},
  keywords     = {Management,Monitoring,Policy and Law,Wastewater,transition,discourse,politics,circular economy,CIRCULAR ECONOMY,SECTOR CHARACTERISTICS,RESOURCE RECOVERY,TRANSFORMATION,EXPECTATIONS,GOVERNANCE,DYNAMICS,POLITICS,ENERGY},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {A transition in the Dutch wastewater system? The struggle between discourses and with lock-ins},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1523908x.2019.1680275},
  year         = {2020},
}

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