A Cultural Approach to Failed Expansion
"In this fresh, engaging, and thought-provoking text, the authors explore up-to-date cases to consider the factors that have caused nuclear power to fail to deliver. Critics and supporters of nuclear energy alike will find much to ponder and reflect upon."-- Keith Baker, State University of New York Brockport, USA "Nuclear Power in Stagnation offers one of the most erudite and interdisciplinary assessments of the technology to date. The exploration of themes such as security, safety, and politics are rich yet readable, the national case studies carefully selected and diverse, covering France to Russia, the United States to South Korea." -- Benjamin Sovacool, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK "This comprehensive research study tackles critical policy, regulatory, and cultural issues, both empirically and theoretically across China, France, Russia, South Korea, UK, and the US. This important study broadens and deepens our understandings of global conundrums and more localised cultural and regulatory variabilities converging to displace nuclear energy as a viable 21st century energy source." -- Majia H. Nadesan, Arizona State University, USA "This new study shows that, while safety does add to the costs of nuclear, in countries like the USA, with less strict safety regulation, nuclear power has not done conspicuously better in economic terms compared, for example, to tightly regulated France. With nuclear power now in crisis in many countries, this book provides some useful insights into what is killing it off - and its not just the cost of trying to make it safe." -- David Elliott, Open University, UK
David Toke is Reader in Energy Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, UK. Geoffrey Chun-Fung Chen is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Department of China Studies at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University which is located at Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. Antony Froggatt is Senior Research Fellow in the Energy, Environment, and Development Programme at Chatham House, London, UK. Richard Connolly is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy and Director of the Centre for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.
1. Introduction 2. Using Ecological Political Theory to Understand Differences in Nuclear Safety Regulation 3. Nuclear Power 4. Nuclear Reactor Safety Politics in the USA 5. Nuclear Power and Safety in China 6. France, Nuclear Power and Safety Policy 7. Nuclear Energy and Safety in South Korea 8. Nuclear Safety Politics in the UK 9. Nuclear power and Safety Policy in Russia 10. Conclusion