Citizen involvement in wind energy in Denmark: Lasting institutionalization or temporary experimentation?

Special report–Sortition in the twenty-first century
By Pierre Wokuri

The implementation of wind power in Denmark tends to be described as a cooperative “model” of citizen involvement by social science researchers. However, few analyses offer a long-term perspective that captures the evolutions of this participation. By analyzing the trajectory of wind power in Denmark from the very beginning of its development in the 1980s until the present day, this article studies these changes by looking at the interactions between citizens and commercial developers. This contribution explains these transformations through the role of policy regime and the sociotechnical configuration of wind power in Denmark.


  • participation
  • renewable energy
  • Denmark
  • wind power
  • cooperatives
  • public policies
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