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Dieter Plehwe

Berlin Social Science Center

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Dieter Plehwe is a senior fellow at the Berlin Social Science Center, Center for Civil Society Research and Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Kassel. He is a visiting scholar at the AXPO Observatory of Market Society Polarization in April, 2023 and a Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the academic year 2023/24. His research areas include international and comparative political economy, neoliberalism, think tank networks and environmental, energy and climate politics. He co-edited “Market Civilizations” (Zone Books 2022), “Nine Lives of Neoliberalism” (Verso 2020), “Roads from Mont Pèlerin” (Harvard University Press 2009/15) and “Liberalism and the Welfare State (Oxford University Press 2017). He serves as an editor of the Journal Critical Policy Studies and launched the data repository and blog which you can view here.

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics History Renewable energy

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Plehwe, Dieter & Kardelen Günaydin, 2022. “Whither Energiewende? Strategies to manufacture uncertainty and unknowing to redirect Germany’s renewable energy law,” International Journal of Public Policy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 16(5/6), pages 270-292.

Plehwe, Dieter (2022): Reluctant Transformers or Reconsidering Opposition to Climate Change Mitigation? German Think Tanks between Environmentalism and Neoliberalism. In: Globalizations, advance access, 28.02.2022

Dieter Plehwe. 2021. “Chapter 11: Think tanks and the politics of climate change“, in Handbook on Think Tanks in Public Policy, pages 150-166. Edited by Donald E. Abelson, Director, Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, Steven K. Hudson Chair in Canada-US Relations and Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, St. Francis Xavier University and Christopher J. Rastrick, Director of Policy and Deputy Chief of Staff, Ministry of Education, Government of Ontario, Canada. Edward Elgar Publishing, March 2021.

Dieter Plehwe & Moritz Neujeffski. 2020. “EIKE. Global-Warming Denial Repertoires in Action.Think Tank Networks – Researching Their Power and Political Influence,” Think Tank Network Research Initiative (March 2020).

Dieter Plehwe. 2019. “‘Mehr an einem Strang ziehen’. Politische Umsetzung des Green New Deal,” Politische Ökologie (2019).

Dieter Plehwe. 2019. “Neoliberal und ökologisch?” Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik (2019).

Dieter Plehwe. 2019. “Think Tank Networks and the Knowledge-Interest Nexus. The Case of Climate Change.” In Climate Change Denial and Public Relations, Routledge New Directions in Public Relations and Communication Research (July 2019).

Dieter Plehwe. 2017. “Social Networks of Influence in Europe – and Beyond.”

In Shifting Baselines of Europe, Transcript (May 2017).

Dieter Plehwe. 2015. “The Politics of Policy Think-Tanks. Organizing Expertise, Legitimacy and Counter-Expertise in Policy Networks.” In Handbook of Critical Policy Studies, Routledge Handbooks of Research on Public Policy Series (December 2015).

Dieter Plehwe. 2014. “Think Tank Networks and the Knowledge-Interest Nexus. The Case of Climate Change,” Critical Policy Studies (April 2014).

Dieter Plehwe. 2012. “‘Umwelt-Think Tanks’ – Denker oder Lenker,”

In Wende überall? Jahrbuch Ökologie (2013).

Dieter Plehwe. 2012. “Attack and Roll Back. The Constructive and Destructive Potential of Think Tank Networks. Global Responsibility,” Newsletter of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (2012).