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Community resilience: path dependency, lock-in effects and transitional ruptures

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Adopting a framework based on ‘social resilience', this paper analyses path dependency in community resilience, with a specific emphasis on endogenous pathways of change. Path dependencies are shaped by ‘lock-in’ effects which shoehorn communities into positive or negative pathways of change. Of particular importance are ‘structural lock-in effects’, ‘economic lock-in effects’ and ‘socio-psychological lock-ins’ which make certain community pathways impossible to implement, and can be severe hindrances for raising community resilience. Community transitions are usually not linear, but can be characterised by ‘transitional ruptures’ where the quality of resilience is abruptly changed (positively or negatively).
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Keywords: adaptive capacity; community resilience; lock-in effects; path dependency; transitional ruptures

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Geography Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus Plymouth, PL4 8AA, UK

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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