Reflection of the EU Climate Policy Strategic Narrative in the Programmes of Latvian Political Parties - External Convergence and Influence on Shaping Public Opinion

Lelde Metla-Rozentāle (Coresponding Author), Vineta Kleinberga, Kristiāna Žaunerčika, Andris Sprūds

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Abstract

Climate change, as well as the challenges that come with it, is one of the main issues in international and national politics today. Addressing the threats posed by climate change requires close cooperation at the international level and within each country, creating a dialogue between the political elite and society, thus promoting a common understanding and action across the European Union (EU). The aim of this research is to (1) identify what climate policy narratives are projected to the Latvian electorate (public) and (2) assess how these narratives are aligned with the EU-defined strategic climate policy narrative. The theoretical basis and methodological approach of the study is based on the concept of strategic narrative. It is assumed that the viability and impact of a strategic narrative is enhanced when there is coherence between all stages of the narrative life cycle (i.e., the EU level and the national policy level). The empirical basis of the study is based on the identification of the EU climate policy narrative in the sector’s regulatory documents, as well as an analysis of the election programmes of Latvian political parties (the last European Parliament (2019) and parliamentary (2018) election programmes). The results show that the narrative that the Latvian public receives from its political elite through the European Parliament and the national pre-election programmes is significantly different from the EU strategic narrative on climate policy. Based on the theoretical concept of strategic narrative, it can be concluded that the observed dissimilarity of narratives does not stimulate the inclusion of the Latvian public in the common EU space of climate policy understanding and action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3049
JournalEnergies
Volume15
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

Keywords*

  • climate change
  • strategic narrative
  • narrative of political parties
  • climate policy
  • shaping public policy

Field of Science*

  • 5.6 Political science

Publication Type*

  • 1.4. Reviewed scientific article published in Latvia or abroad in a scientific journal with an editorial board (including university editions)

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