This article is concerned with governance of long term socio-technical transitions required to orient development trajectories of advanced industrial counties along more sustainable lines. It discusses the contribution that 'transition management' can make to such processes, emphasizes the irreducibly political character of governance for sustainable development, and suggests that the long-term transformation of energy systems will prove to be a messy, conflictual, and highly disjointed process.

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Keywords Energy transition, Governance, Long term policy change, Politics, Sustainable development, Sustainable energy, Transition management
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11077-009-9097-z
Journal Policy Sciences
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Meadowcroft, J. (2009). What about the politics? Sustainable development, transition management, and long term energy transitions. Policy Sciences, 42(4), 323–340. doi:10.1007/s11077-009-9097-z