An analysis of the institutional barriers of circular construction in Amsterdam and Stockholm

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The main purpose of this research was to identify the institutional barriers of circular construction in Stockholm and Amsterdam. The construction sector is one of the biggest contributers to the energy consumption (40%) and consumption of natural resources (33%) within cities all over the world (Radhi and Sharples, 2013). These high percentges formed the motivation for focusing on the institutional barriers of implementing the circular economy concept within this sector. In order to explain the existence of these institutional barriers and institutional change, elements of historical insitutionalism, which focuses on the constraints of institutional change, and elements of rational institutionalism, which offers a perspective on institutions as a way of creating institutional change, are used. To analyze the institutions that influence and constrain the application of the circular economy concept in the construction sector, the IAD framework of Ostrom (2005) was used. The IAD framework facilitates the analysis of these institutional barriers by placing the different barriers into seven different categories. The use of the two types of institutionalism and the IAD framework eventually leads to an elaborated insight into the institutional barriers of circular construction, but also into the ways that these barriers could be overcome.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen