STEPS methods #2: Wider context in governance, politics and institutions

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STEPS methods #2: Wider context in governance, politics and institutions

  1. 1. STEPS Pathways Methods PART 2 Wider context in governance, politics and institutions Professor Andy Stirling Co-director, STEPS Centre www.steps-centre.org www.sussex.ac.uk/spru www.multicriteria-mapping.org
  2. 2. technological ‘lock-in’ institutionalised technical risk assessment multiple feasible Innovation trajectories restricted appreciation knowledge economy ‘closed down’ outputs POSSIBLE PATHWAYS presumed benefits case-by-case focus narrow remits aggregated attention regulatory capture technocratic procedures risk narrow inputs Options $ IIIIII privileged visions single ‘best’ / ‘optimal’ / most ‘legitimate’ decisions € Managing Risk to Opening Up Innovation Politics
  3. 3. IIIIII $ IIIIII $ IIIIIIIIIIII $ POSSIBLE PATHWAYS diverse pathways innovation democracy broad-based inputs ‘opening up’ outputs acknowledge plurality and conditionality eg: “numbers” “risks” “benefits”Sustainability      Options choice discourse        more options, issues, uncertainties, perspectives diversity and deliberate discontinuity reconciles: scientific rigour democratic accountability Managing Risk to Opening Up Innovation Politics
  4. 4. Help Appreciate Alternative Pathways Overall Aims
  5. 5. Help Appreciate Alternative Pathways Method alone can’t do whole job: also involves encompassing process Methods are conditioned by – but can also shape – institutions and practices … “below the radar”; “Trojan horses”; “political judo” Overall Aims
  6. 6. Help Appreciate Alternative Pathways Method underpins both understanding and judgement; knowledge and action Method alone can’t do whole job: also involves encompassing process Overall Aims
  7. 7. Help Appreciate Alternative Pathways Method underpins both understanding and judgement; knowledge and action Critical focus on alternatives: reflecting and favouring marginal interests Method alone can’t do whole job: also involves encompassing process Overall Aims
  8. 8. STEPS Methodology: ordered repertoire of conditionally-appropriate methods – together prioritising scope, depth, sensitivity, complementarity, synergy and enabling of reflexivity Help Appreciate Alternative Pathways Method underpins both understanding and judgement; knowledge and action Critical focus on alternatives: reflecting and favouring marginal interests Repertoires: sensitive to context, positioning and plural views and pathways Method alone can’t do whole job: also involves encompassing process Overall Aims

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