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Environmental Politics: Article of the Year Award

We are delighted to announce Kacper Szulecki as the winner of the inaugural 2018 Environmental Politics Article of the Year Award.

Read the prize-winning article for free until the end of 2019:

Conceptualizing energy democracy
Kacper Szulecki

The Editorial Board Jury describe their reasons for selecting this article:

“Dr. Szulecki’s article represents a tour de force effort to shape the academic and political agenda in the area of energy politics and democratic political theory. The article shows mastery in handling a diverse range of debates, concepts and thinkers to create an original approach and a new discourse with respect to energy democracy. It ambitiously steers energy discussions towards immensely important issues of popular sovereignty, participatory governance and civic ownership. We have no doubt of the current and future impact of the work and very much look forward to how Dr. Szulecki shapes this field in the future.”

Our prize-winning author Kacper Szulecki gives an insight into his outstanding article:

“The story of this paper goes back as far as 2013, when I worked in Berlin – certainly the place to be if you want to study the societal implications of an ongoing energy transition. Ever since, the idea of “energy democracy” seemed like a “spectre haunting Europe” – powerful, inspiring, but vague. Having a dual background in political science and sociology, I became interested not only in the ways in which we can design policies to bring about energy transition (the usual political science approach), but also what the socio-political consequences of energy transitions might be.

This article addresses some of those questions, as well as defending the notion “energy democracy” from sceptical readers, delineating this idea from its more popular older sibling “energy justice”, and hopefully – making it clearer, stronger, more coherent and analytically sharp”

Kacper Szulecki

Three further articles were highly commended in our shortlist and are free to access until the end of April 2019:

Divestment discourse: war, justice, morality and money
Rupinder Mangat, Simon Dalby & Matthew Paterson

The sound of one hand clapping: transparency without accountability
Deborah Seligsohn, Mengdi Liu & Bing Zhang

The spillover of race and racial attitudes into public opinion about climate change
Salil D. Benegal