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Tutt, Owen and Heubaum, Harald (2023) 'Nationalism and the energy transition: The case of the SNP.' Nations and Nationalism. (Forthcoming)

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While fossil fuels are a well‐researched element of nationalist discourse, the relationship between nationalism and renewable energy has not yet been adequately explored. We address this gap by investigating the impact of the energy transition on the Scottish National Party's (SNP) discourse between 1983 and 2021. Through an analysis of SNP manifestos and speeches, we discursively trace the evolution of three pertinent amalgams of nationalism—green nationalism, resource nationalism and techno‐nationalism—revealing renewable energy to have been co‐opted and deployed in all three. Rather than the energy transition intuitively resulting in the decline of fossil fuel‐based nationalisms in favour of those rooted in an emergent renewable energy paradigm, we find that adaptations in the SNP's discursive strategies allowed the former to co‐exist with the latter, enhancing complementarity and mitigating goal conflicts.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre for Energy and Climate Policy
Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 13545078
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2023 13:44

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