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Legitimation, institutions and regional path creation: a cross-national study of offshore wind

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Danny MacKinnonORCiD, Professor Asbjorn Karlsen, Professor Stuart Dawley



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This paper assesses legitimation as a crucial dimension of industry emergence, addressing the neglect of institutional and political aspects of path creation in economic geography. It investigates how the legitimacy of emerging industries is built up over time and examines differences in legitimation across space. The paper focuses on the evolution of legitimation narratives in the context of national and regional differences in institutions, actors and assets. Based on a cross-national study of the offshore wind industry, the paper argues that cost reduction and value creation have made important contributions to legitimation in addition to climate change and energy security.

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Author(s): MacKinnon D, Karlsen A, Dawley S, Steen M, Afewerki S, Kenzhegaliyeva A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Regional Studies

Year: 2022

Volume: 56

Issue: 4

Pages: 644-655

Online publication date: 13/01/2021

Acceptance date: 01/11/2020

Date deposited: 25/01/2021

ISSN (print): 0034-3404

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0591

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2020.1861239


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