German institutional hegemony in EU sustainability policies
German hegemony is a research topic subject to significant academic attention, especially within the studies
linked to European integration. The existence of German hegemony within the EU is disputed, but several
studies and models demonstrate that German hegemony within the European Union is significant but at the
same time not desired (therefore the designation of Germany as a reluctant or benevolent hegemon). Is this
true for the EU policies linked to sustainability as well, i.e. can institutional German hegemony be identified
in the related policy fields? The study aims at assessing German institutional power linked to sustainability
in the European Union (narrowing down policies linked to sustainability to EU energy and climate policy).
It concludes that, based on a novel power ranking model assessing Member States’ influence in the various
EU institutions, German institutional power is not significant in the fields of EU energy and climate policy.