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The inevitable gas mining in Groningen : narratives shape, influence, and change the policy

Tenbergen, D.F. (2023) The inevitable gas mining in Groningen : narratives shape, influence, and change the policy.

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Abstract:Minister Wiebes took a radical policy change decision in 2018 to end gas mining in Groningen by 2030. Gas mining had been an inevitable part of the Dutch energy policy for sixty years. However, as a result of mining, more and more earthquakes occurred, damaging property and people. As a result, the citizen movement Groninger Bodem Beweging (GBB) decided to guard the people's interests. After all, the national government and NAM served their opposing interests of maximizing financial benefits. Through a Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) application, the thesis analyzes how multiple narratives shape, influence, and change the policy. The thesis analyzes the hearings conducted by the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee to set out the different narratives by actor and over time. The results show that the national government did not act in the interests of the people in Groningen but prioritized the relationship with NAM and the attached financial benefits. Nevertheless, GBB’s narrative became the dominant narrative in the policy issue between 2015 and 2017 through the help of the provincial government and the successful use of tools and strategies. Following this, the national government had to respond to the narrative and eventually changed its policies. GBB(‘s narrative) prevailed, changing the national government’s willingness to end gas mining by 2030.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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