Drivers of Energy Transition

How Interest Groups Influenced Energy Politics in Germany

  • Wolfgang Gründinger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
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About this book


Wolfgang Gründinger explores how interest groups, veto opportunities, and electoral pressure formed the German energy transition: nuclear exit, renewables, coal (CCS), and emissions trading. His findings provide evidence that logics of political competition in new German politics have fundamentally changed over the last two decades with respect to five distinct mechanisms: the end of ’fossil-nuclear’ corporatism, the new importance of trust in lobbying, ’green ’ path dependence, the emergence of a ’Green Grand Coalition’, and intra-party fights over energy politics.


The Rise and Fall of Nuclear Power in Germany

      The EEG – Story of an Unlikely Revolution

      ’Clean Coal’ (CCS) – A Chance for Climate Protection?

        Emissions Trading: Europe’s Flagship for Climate Protection

Target Groups

Academics, researchers, and students in the fields of Political and Social Sciences

Politicians in the fields of energy and climate politics, journalists


The Author

Dr. Wolfgang Gründinger studied Political and Social Sciences at the University of Regensburg, the Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and attended the Oxford Internet Leadership Academy. Currently he works as an Advisor on Digital Transformation at the German Association of the Digital Economy (BVDW).​


Policy Change Lobbying and Advocacy Coalitions Importance of Trust in Lobbying Climate Protection Nuclear Power in Germany Veto Points

Authors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Gründinger
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  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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