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Bio-, Agro- or even Social Fuels: Discourse Dynamics on Biofuels in Germany

Kirsten Selbmann

Environmental Values 24 (2015): 483-510. doi: 10.3197/096327115X14345368709943


Within the EU, Germany took a pioneering role in the production and promotion of biofuels. To explain this role the article analytically examines public discourses on biofuels. The analysis points out how the subject is interpreted and positioned by relevant actors and thus results in a specific public perception of biofuels in Germany. This perception in turn influences political decision-making processes. Since the analysis of discourses contributes to a better understanding of today's biofuel policy in Germany, the article characterises the biofuel discourse during the genesis of this policy. Additionally, it analytically traces changes of discourse constellations in the course of the biofuel policy path.


Discourse, biofuels, discourse coalitions, policy path, Germany

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