Solar Energy, Technology Policy, and Institutional Values

Solar Energy, Technology Policy, and Institutional Values

by Frank N. Laird
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Cambridge University Press


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Solar Energy, Technology Policy, and Institutional Values

Energy policies influence the shape of emergent technological systems, and also condition our social, political, and economic lives. This book demonstrates the difficulties of deliberating such properties by providing a historical case study that analyzes U.S. renewable energy policy from the end of World War II through the energy crisis of the 1970s. It illuminates the ways beliefs and values come to dominate official problem frames and get entrenched in institutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521034296
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Note on sources and archival abbreviations; Introduction: solar energy, ideas and public policy; Part I. Before the Energy Crisis: 1. Framing the energy problem before the energy crisis; 2. Creating policy for the future; 3. Advocates construct solar technology; 4. Solar energy's incompatibility with official problem frames; Part II. During the Energy Crisis: 5. Problem frames during the energy crisis; 6. Solar advocacy in the crisis; 7. Limited access: solar advocates and energy policy frames; 8. Solar policy in crisis; 9. New technologies, old ideas and the dynamics of public policy; Notes; Index.

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