A Comparison of State Traditions and the Revival of a Nuclear Power in Four Countries

Baker, Keith and Stoker, Gerry (2015) A Comparison of State Traditions and the Revival of a Nuclear Power in Four Countries. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 17 (2). pp. 140-156. ISSN 1387-6988

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13876988.2014.889901

Abstract

The British, American, French and Finnish governments are seeking to promote investment in a new generation of nuclear power plants. Nuclear power programmes are delivered through networks of international companies through which government must manage. This is consistent with the concept of governance. Governments can advance their policy goals by using a variety of policy instruments to shape and organize governance networks. This is known as metagovernance. The paper considers the extent to which the selection and deployment of the policy instruments used to metagovern is informed by the prevailing tradition of government. The paper examines how the British, American, French and Finnish governments have tried to metagovern. It is shown that whilst governing traditions do inform the selection and deployment of the policy instruments used to metagovern, the composition of the network, and the nature of the policy problem also plays a role in shaping government action.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nuclear power, comparative policy, governance, metagovernance, policy implementation
Subjects: L200 Politics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 21 May 2015 08:03
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 12:19
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/22511

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