Technocracy or joint effort?
Expert committees and participation in the German Energiewende
AbstractTo date the energy transition has primarily followed technological and economic rationales and has been, significantly influenced by expert commissions, while laypersons’ perspectives have hardly been taken into account. This can add to the impression of a technocracy and erode public support for the energy transition. Thus, participatory technology assessment is seen as crucial to align political decision makers’ perspectives with those of citizens. However, participatory technology assessment has major shortcomings with regard to the energy transition. This article outlines the roles of expert committees and participatory technology assessment in the energy transition and discusses resulting problems and opportunities for more responsive governance.
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