Chain Reaction: Expert Debate and Public Participation in American Commercial Nuclear Power 1945-1975

Chain Reaction: Expert Debate and Public Participation in American Commercial Nuclear Power 1945-1975

by Brian Balogh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521372968

ISBN-13: 9780521372961

Pub. Date: 10/28/1991

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Chain Reaction seeks to explain how and why America came to depend so heavily on its experts after World War II, how those experts translated that authority into political clout, and why that authority and political discretion declined in the 1970s. Brian Balogh's pathbreaking research into the internal memoranda of the Atomic Energy Commission substantiates his…  See more details below

Overview

Chain Reaction seeks to explain how and why America came to depend so heavily on its experts after World War II, how those experts translated that authority into political clout, and why that authority and political discretion declined in the 1970s. Brian Balogh's pathbreaking research into the internal memoranda of the Atomic Energy Commission substantiates his arguments in impressive historical detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521372961
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1991
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.41(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Professionalisation and politics in twentieth-century; America: from fission to fusion; 2. The promise of the proministrative state: nuclear experts and national politics, 1945–1947; 3. Forging an iron triangle: the politics of verisimilitude; 4. Triangulating demand: the AEC's first decade of commercialisation; 5. The centrifugal push of expertise: reactor safety, 1947–1960; 6. The magnetic pull of professional disciplines, issue networks and local government; 7. Nuclear experts on top, not on tap: mainstreaming expertise, 1957–1970; 8. Nuclear experts everywhere: the challenge to nuclear power, 1960–1975; 9. Conclusion: harnessing political chain reactions; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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