Energy justice and policy change: An historical political analysis of the German nuclear phase-out

Darren McCauley (Lead / Corresponding author), Antje Brown, Robert Rehner, Raphael Heffron, Shashi van de Graaff

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    Abstract

    The German government presented the decision to phase out nuclear energy as a nationally accepted rebalancing of inequality in the energy sector. We expose how this radical change was delivered through a myriad of change agents, most notably through the rise of small energy companies. Critical junctures, in this case the Chernobyl disaster rather than Fukushima, offer moments in time when national policy systems are destabilized. They provide opportunities for changing policy in a perceived pro-energy justice direction if a new consensus can be forged. The paper concludes with a discussion on how energy scholars must engage more with policy analysis frameworks if long-term effective solutions are to be found to persistent energy inequalities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)317-323
    Number of pages7
    JournalApplied Energy
    Volume228
    Early online date27 Jun 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2018

    Keywords

    • Energy justice
    • Historical institutionalism
    • Nuclear energy
    • Policy analysis
    • Policy change

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