Party positioning on controversial technologies

Opinion formation within Alliance 90/The Greens on new plant breeding techniques




The Greens, intra-party democracy, new plant breeding technologies, party positioning


With regard to the positioning of political parties on controversial technologies, the question arises of how important certain intra-party actors are and how they affect the outcomes of negotiation processes within parties. To shed light on this, we analyze the opinion-formation process of Alliance 90/The Greens regarding new plant breeding techniques such as CRISPR/Cas. The analysis shows that certain actors advocate a reorientation with regard to the new techniques, while others clearly oppose such a change of course. Both sides put forward numerous arguments for their respective positions, some of which are based on fundamentally different positions, e. g., on how to evaluate and deal with risks. Nevertheless, there are indications of a compromise solution regarding the future positioning of Alliance 90/The Greens on the contested technology. For this compromise to succeed, further scientific risk assessment will be of central importance.



How to Cite

Hartung U, Müller J, Tosun J. Party positioning on controversial technologies: Opinion formation within Alliance 90/The Greens on new plant breeding techniques. TATuP [Internet]. 2020 Dec. 15 [cited 2021 Jul. 30];29(3):43-9. Available from: