Discourse coalition

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According to Maarten Hajer 'A discourse coalition is the ensemble of a set of story lines, the actors that utters these story lines, and the practices that conform to these story lines, all organized around a discourse.'[1]

Contending concepts

Articles from Google Scholar on the spread of ideas[2]
Discourse coalition Epistemic community Invisible college Thought collective
742/1,750 8,040/16,100 7,250/11,100 1,340/1,690

It is clear that the concept of Epistemic community is used more often than contending concepts.


  1. Hajer, Maarten (1993) 'Discourse Coalitions and the Institutionalisation of Practice: The Case of Acid Rain in Great Britain'. In: Fischer, Frank and Forester, John (Hrsg.) The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis and Planning. Durham NC/London: Duke University Press: 43-67.
  2. Search conducted on Google Scholar from the UK on Thursday 24 May @ 12.50 hrs approx. Search terms = First number: "Discourse coalition"; "Epistemic community"; "Invisible college"; "Thought collective". Second number: "Discourse coalition" OR "Discourse Coalitions"; "Epistemic community" OR "Epistemic communities"; "Invisible college" OR "Invisible colleges"; "Thought collective" OR "Thought collectives"