Pathways towards the nuclear revival in Finland, France, and the UK

Lehtonen, Markku and Martiskainen, Mari (2010) Pathways towards the nuclear revival in Finland, France, and the UK. In: Sussex Energy Group conference “Energy transitions in an interdependent world: what and where are the future social science research agendas?’, February 25-26, 2010, University of Sussex, Brighton.

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Nuclear power is undergoing a revival in a number of countries of both developed and developing world, and is increasingly presented as a solution to the problems of climate change and energy security. This paper analyses the history of and the debates on nuclear power in France, the UK and Finland, all of which are in the process of either planning or building new nuclear plants. The paper traces the history of nuclear power since the early post-War years, distinguishing five distinct phases of development, from the early period of nuclear enthusiasm, through the emergence of doubt and risk in the 70s and 80s, to the recent 'nuclear renaissance'. Emphasis in the analysis is placed on issue framings, argumentative strategies, the role of independent expertise, public opinion and the degree of openness of decision-making. Key similarities, converging trends and differences between the countries are identified and tentative conclusions drawn on the potential stability of the current framing of nuclear energy as a response to the double challenge of climate change and energy security.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Nora Blascsok
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2015 13:09
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