Danish nearshore wind energy policy: Exploring actors, ideas, discursive processes and institutions via discursive institutionalism

Dyrhauge, Helene and Fairbrass, Jenny ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5292-0720 (2023) Danish nearshore wind energy policy: Exploring actors, ideas, discursive processes and institutions via discursive institutionalism. Environmental Policy and Governance. ISSN 1756-932X

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This article explores Danish renewable energy policy and policymaking, focusing on the development of nearshore wind energy and the role played by various actors, their competing ideas, the discursive processes in which they participate, and the institutional settings where exchanges occur. The research employs a case study design, concentrating on the Vesterhav Syd nearshore windfarm project. Drawing on semi-structured interviews, the paper exploits Discursive Institutionalism and one of its recent refinements, labelled Ideational Power that highlights power over, through and in ideas. The data gathered provides compelling evidence of the ways in which actors struggle for dominance, each seeking to persuade others of their preferred policy problem definition and solutions: a process that oscillates between highly technical coordinative discourses among government agencies and business organisations and more politicised communicative discourses among a wider set of actors that includes community groups. Significantly, this case reveals the power of various policy stakeholders in Danish energy policy, suggesting that once decisions are taken at the national level of governance to construct a windfarm, only limited influence can be exerted by local groups on the outcomes. Our findings raise wider questions about such processes beyond the Danish case.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: denmark; discursive institutionalism; ideational power; nearshore windfarm; renewable energy.,renewable energy,ideational power,denmark,nearshore windfarm,discursive institutionalism,geography, planning and development,management, monitoring, policy and law,sdg 7 - affordable and clean energy ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Competition Policy
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Responsible Business Regulation Group
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Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2023 15:30
Last Modified: 13 May 2024 08:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/92931
DOI: 10.1002/eet.2073


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