Mittagsseminar Energie/Klima

ONLINE - Ulrike Zeigermann: Climate Policy Expertise in Times of Populism

February 25 | 13:00

Ulrike Zeigermann (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg) wird eine gemeinsam mit Michael Böcher, Lars Berker und Djamila Jabra durchgeführte Studie zu "Climate Policy Expertise in Times of Populism" vorstellen.

Climate policy is expected to consider the current state of science. As populist radical right parties (PRRP) become elected members of parliaments, they have a greater influence on integration processes between science and politics. With our empirical analysis of public hearings, plenary meetings and press statements discussing Germany's Climate Action Package between 2018 and 2020, we argue that instead of generally rejecting climate science, PRRPs appeal to ‘alternative expertise’ and politicize scientific knowledge. We ask: What are the main characteristics of scientific knowledge integration processes in Germany’s climate change policy? What strategies does the German Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) apply in climate change decision-making processes?

Comments:Florence Faucher: Professeure de science politique, Sciences Po, Centre d'études européennes, CNRS, Paris, France and Associate member, Nuffield college, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. Directrice des programmes OxPo.

Discussion:Bénédicte Laumond earned her PhD in Political Science (Université Paris Saclay, Europa-Universität Viadrina) analysing the responses to the radical right in France and Germany. Between 2017 and 2020 she worked at CMB on a research project exploring the representations of crime in French and German societies. She is a teaching fellow at Sciences Po and continues her research on the responses to the radical right, with a focus on the AfD.

Ulrike Zeigermann is a postdoctoral researcher at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg. Her research focuses on the political aspects of climate change, studying the interplay between actors and institutions in policy change and transnational governance. Her current work explores contested knowledge and expertise in sustainability politics.

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Diese Online-Veranstaltung wird auf Englisch stattfinden.

Bild : (cc) SketchUp, Contrails in Haarlemmermeer, 2007, Wikimedia Commons.


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