Green windows of opportunity: Latecomer development in the age of transformation toward sustainability

Rasmus Lema*, Xiaolan Fu, Roberta Rabellotti

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The world is in the early stages of a paradigm transition toward a global green economy. In this article, we propose the notion of green windows of opportunity, highlighting the importance of institutional changes in the creation of new opportunities for latecomer development. We emphasize how demand and mission-guided technical change influence the directionality of latecomer development and highlight the important role emerging economies may attain in the global green transformation. We provide important insights regarding opportunities for green development in emerging economies, how these opportunities emerge in different renewable energy sectors and their implications for the global green economy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIndustrial and Corporate Change
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1193-1209
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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  • Latecomer Development in the Global Green Economy

    Lema, R., Fu, X. & Rabellotti, R., May 2021, Emerging science, frontier technologies, and the SDGs. IATT Report 2021 ed. New York: United Nations, Vol. United Nations Interagency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals. p. 86-89

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  • Catching up through green windows of opportunity

    Dai, Y., Haakonsson, S. J., Huang, P., Lema, R. & Zhou, Y., 2020, Cooperating for Energy Transition: SDC International Report 2020. Jørgensen, B. H., Haakonsson, S., Zhao, H. & Chen, G. (eds.). Sino-Danish Center, p. 82-91

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