The politics of models: Socio-political discourses in modeling of energy transition and transnational trade policies




policy modeling, discourses, energy transition, trade policy


In this article, we discuss the (re)production of socio-political discourses in two modeling communities, energy transition and transnational trade. Methodologically, we build on bibliometric and qualitative analyses of academic articles. Our analyses show how models structure epistemic communities and are closely linked to specific discourses. The modeling of the energy transition is driven by and contributes to discourses on mitigating climate change and access to energy. Different trade models address either multilateral or regional trade, yet in each case favoring international trade. Overall, we illustrate how the ‘politics of models’ does not only concern their use at the science-policy interface, but is already inscribed in their development, application, and scientific exploitation. These analyses may help experts, policy makers, and the public to better assess the knowledge claims and evidence politics of computer modeling.


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Udrea T, Capari L, Bauer A. The politics of models: Socio-political discourses in modeling of energy transition and transnational trade policies. TATuP [Internet]. 2023 Mar. 23 [cited 2023 Jun. 9];32(1):49-55. Available from:

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