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Title: Stasis, dynamism and emergence of the e-mobility system in China: a power relational perspective
Authors: Tyfield, D.
Zuev, D.
Keywords: System transition
Urban mobility futures
Power relations
Low-carbon innovation
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Efforts at urban e-mobility transition in China are of crucial global significance. Exploring these developments, however, demands significant reframing of dominant theories of socio-technical system transition to accommodate the strikingly different socio-political context of China to that of the global North where these theories have been developed. In particular, greater attention must be paid to issues of power, conceptualized as dynamic power/knowledge relations constitutive of social formations and evolving in interactive parallel with specific innovation trajectories. We illustrate such a productive reframing focusing on complex processes of empowerment and highlight that there remains relative stasis in the grand plan of a rapid transition to electric cars (EVs) in China's growing cities, with the EV still widely regarded as “risky” mobility. At the same time the EV in China is becoming a constituent of a new kind of digitized and smart mobility, as Chinese ICT companies emerge as globally powerful players establishing alliances with traditional automobile companies.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2017.09.006
ISSN: 0040-1625
Accession number: WOS:000419411000025
Appears in Collections:CIES-RI - Artigos em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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