Energy transition on the rise: discourses on energy future in the German parliament

  title={Energy transition on the rise: discourses on energy future in the German parliament},
  author={Anna Leipprand and Christian Flachsland and Michael Pahle},
  journal={Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research},
  pages={283 - 305}
In this paper we describe energy policy discourses and their story-lines in German parliamentary debates, and trace their evolution over the past decades. Through content analysis and coding with MAXQDA, changes in the discourses and in the use of story-lines by different political parties are analyzed. Our study shows that while the concept of a transition towards a nuclear-free, renewables-based energy system became hegemonic within three decades, the discourse itself underwent major changes… Expand
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