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How Greens turn gray: Green Party politics and the depoliticization of energy and climate change

Marquardt, Jens (2024)
How Greens turn gray: Green Party politics and the depoliticization of energy and climate change.
In: Frontiers in Political Science, 2024, 5
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00027144
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Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: How Greens turn gray: Green Party politics and the depoliticization of energy and climate change
Language: English
Date: 11 June 2024
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 12 January 2024
Place of primary publication: Lausanne
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Political Science
Volume of the journal: 5
Collation: 14 Seiten
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00027144
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Origin: Secondary publication DeepGreen

Decarbonization efforts and sustainability transformations represent highly contested socio-political projects. Yet, they often encounter various forms of depoliticization. This article illuminates how a grand socio-ecological challenge like the energy transition gets depoliticized by an unusual suspect, namely Germany's Green Party. Based on a qualitative content analysis of Green Party programs, party conventions, and additional documents published between 1980 and 2021, this article traces how the Green Party has depoliticized the energy transition over time, emphasizing a shift from radical societal change to ecological modernization. The changing stance of the German Greens on the country's energy transition reflects more profound changes of a future society the party collectively envisions through their energy and climate change agenda. These changes result from a struggle between moderates advocating incremental political reforms and radicals aiming for more fundamental and systemic societal change. By merging sustainability transition research with science and technology studies, this article makes a twofold contribution: First, it proposes a conceptual framework to investigate social and political futures envisioned through energy and climate politics. Second, the article empirically demonstrates the long process of depoliticization for an unusual but critical case. Germany's Green Party has embraced a technocentric vision of the energy transition, thereby suppressing earlier notions of broader societal change, such as anti-capitalism and energy democracy. This article spells out implications for the wider field of energy and climate politics and concludes with suggestions for future research.

Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change, conflicts, energy transition, Green Party, politicization, sociotechnical imaginaries, transformation
Identification Number: Artikel-ID: 1301734
Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-271443
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This article is part of the Research Topic: (De)Politicizing Climate and Environmental Politics in Times of Crises: Contexts, Strategies and Effects

Sec. Comparative Governance

Classification DDC: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Political Science > International Relations
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2024 11:50
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 09:46
SWORD Depositor: Deep Green
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/27144
PPN: 519047265
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