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Organising a market: Photovoltaics in Germany

  • Fuchs, Gerhard
  • Wassermann, Sandra
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    The article analyses the case of a successful innovation in the energy sector: the development of a market for Photovoltaics. It argues that - given the special characteristics of the energy sector - successful innovation depends on strong political support and an advocacy coalition. The method chosen to realize a successful innovation constituted the creation of a quickly expanding niche market especially with the help of regulatory instruments.

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    Paper provided by University of Stuttgart, Institute for Social Sciences, Department of Organizational Sociology and Innovation Studies in its series Research Contributions to Organizational Sociology and Innovation Studies, SOI Discussion Papers with number 2012-01.

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    Date of creation: 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:stusoi:201201
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