Introduction: What Drives the Energiewende?

  • Wolfgang GründingerEmail author
Part of the Energiepolitik und Klimaschutz. Energy Policy and Climate Protection book series (EPKS)


“Those damned lobbyists!” For this famous curse, US President Ulysses S. Grant (1869-77) is referred to as father of the term “lobbyist”. He complained about the ever-growing crowd of petitioners keen to catch a minute with the President, awaiting him in the entrance hall of the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C. where he frequently stopped by for a brandy or a cigar Since then, the term “lobbyism” – originally derived from the Latin word for cloister courtyard – refers to the influence of interest groups in policy-making (see Vondenhoff & Busch-Janser, pp. 13-15; Kolbe, Hönigsberger & Osterberg, 2011a, p. 2; Leif & Speth, 2006, pp. 18-19).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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