The socio-political economy of nuclear power development in Japan and South Korea

Valentine, Scott Victor and Sovacool, Benjamin K (2010) The socio-political economy of nuclear power development in Japan and South Korea. Energy Policy, 38 (12). pp. 7971-7979. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the socio-cultural, political and economic conditions prevalent during the inception of nuclear power programs in Japan and South Korea in order to identify commonalities which support nuclear power program expansion. The study identifies six factors as having a clear influence on supporting nuclear power development: (1) strong state involvement in guiding economic development; (2) centralization of national energy policymaking and planning; (3) campaigns to link technological progress with national revitalization; (4) influence of technocratic ideology on policy decisions; (5) subordination of challenges to political authority, and (6) low levels of civic activism. The paper postulates that insights from this study can be used to assess the propensity of nations which have the emergent capacity to support nuclear power development to actually embark on such programs.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 14:37
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 10:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58213
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