A sustainable myth: A neo-Gramscian perspective on the populist and post-truth tendencies of the European green growth discourse

Laura Stegemann, Marinus Ossewaarde* (Corresponding Author)

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    Abstract

    In the search for environmentally sustainable economic paradigms, the green growth approach has been developed by the EU and economic networks, as part of a wider sustainability discourse. While the EU repeatedly promotes sustainable development in the context of its greened hegemonic economic discourse, its member states’ frustrations regarding the EU's integrative policies have been a breeding ground for counter-hegemonic populism. Such anti-EU and typically right-wing populism promotes national and conventional modes of energy production that is emancipated from foreign providers, science, and EU legislation; and it reveals post-truth tendencies in the sense that it relativizes conventional knowledge as well causation and correlation. In this paper, we seek to uncover the populist and post-truth tendencies within the hegemonic green growth discourse itself. In our paper, we seek to unmask the myth of sustainable energy transformation of the green growth discourse, in terms of a hegemon's engagement University of Twente, Department of Public Adm EU and associated economic networks – with –University of Twente, Department of Public Adm post-truth: we find that post-truth tendencies are not only manifested by counter-hegemonic anti-EU and right-wing populism but is also expressed within the environmental populist expressions of the hegemonic green growth discourse itself.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-32
    Number of pages8
    JournalEnergy research & social science
    Volume43
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

    Keywords

    • UT-Hybrid-D
    • Hegemony
    • Populism
    • Post-truth
    • Green growth discourse

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