Energy Transitions and Power: Between Governmentality and Depoliticization

  • Andrea Bues
  • Ludger Gailing


This chapter focuses on a crucial aspect in energy transitions that has to date not received major attention: questions of power. Arguing that power and power relations constitute decisive determinants in energy transitions, the chapter explores ways of linking the concepts of governmentality and depoliticization in order to incorporate both actor- and non-actor-based power shifts in the study of energy transitions. The chapter provides an empirical illustration of how this combined conceptualization could be applied to study power shifts, exploring the case of contestation over wind energy in eastern Germany. It concludes that using both governmentality and depoliticization approaches offers a promising path to study the practices, tactics and discourses underpinning shifts in power relations.


Energy transition power governmentality depoliticization wind energy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Bues
    • 1
  • Ludger Gailing
    • 2
  1. 1.ErknerGermany
  2. 2.Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS)ErknerGermany

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