Governing the Atom: The Politics of Risk

Governing the Atom: The Politics of Risk

by John Byrne
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560008342

ISBN-13: 9781560008347

Pub. Date: 01/01/1995

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Promoted as a form of limitless, low-cost energy without the polluting effects of its fossil fuel counterparts, nuclear power has enjoyed unparalleled support in several countries. Despite the development of an extensive set of policy and institutional mechanisms to foster its use, nuclear technology has been troubled by a wide range of problems and continues to

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Promoted as a form of limitless, low-cost energy without the polluting effects of its fossil fuel counterparts, nuclear power has enjoyed unparalleled support in several countries. Despite the development of an extensive set of policy and institutional mechanisms to foster its use, nuclear technology has been troubled by a wide range of problems and continues to pose risks many believe are far greater than society should accept. The legacy of failure ranges from catastrophic accidents like that at Chernobyl to the declaration of bankruptcy by the Washington Public Power Supply System. Governing the Atom explores why support for the technology remains substantial.

The first part of this volume examines the social institutions that have accompanied the development of nuclear power. The second part details the numerous accommodations which have been required of society, beginning with the technology’s impact on communities and geographic regions particularly affected by mining and milling. The technology’s inherent tendency towards “normal accidents” and the conflict between expert and public opinion on the dangers involved is examined, as are the on-going problems of waste disposal and decommissioning. The volume concludes with an examination of nuclear power developments in France, Germany, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eastern Europe, Korea, and Japan.

The volume provides a needed vehicle for the timely consultation and dissemination of current research on important energy policy issues. Governing the Atom provides insightful commentary regarding the initiation and development of nuclear technology. It will be of interest to policymakers, energy and environmental experts, sociologists and historians of technology, and all those interested in the problem of democracy in a technological society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560008347
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Series:
Energy Policy Studies, #7
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
307
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The Ideology of Progress and the Globalization of Nuclear Power11
2Nuclear Policy as Projection: How Policy Choices Can Create Their Own Justification47
3Science, Society and the State: The Nuclear Project and the Transformation of the American Political Economy67
4No One Ever Told Us: Native Americans and the Great Uranium Experiment103
5Safety, Accidents, and Public Acceptance127
6Waste Disposal and Decommissioning177
7Nuclear Power and Postindustrial Politics in the West201
8Nuclear Politics in Soviet and Post-Soviet Europe247
9The Asian Atom: Hard-Path Nuclearization in East Asia271
Contributors299
Index303

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