Governance and Nuclear Power: Why Governing is Easier Said than Done

Baker, Keith and Stoker, Gerry (2013) Governance and Nuclear Power: Why Governing is Easier Said than Done. Political Studies, 61 (3). pp. 580-598. ISSN 0032-3217

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Governance studies have taken an interpretative turn. There is value in this development which emphasises how, through the construction of narrative and meaning, the processes of governance can be given direction. A study of Britain's privatised energy industry, embedded in a complex set of international networks and market conditions, is used to illustrate the argument. Government cannot command an expansion of nuclear power to meet future energy needs but is seeking to deliver it through a governance narrative that is collaborative and decentred. To judge the likely success of this governance stance requires stepping beyond an interpretative frame and complementing it with insights from a historical institutional perspective. The British government is severely hampered in achieving its objectives by institutional and structural constraints.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print 26/9/2012.
Uncontrolled Keywords: governance, historical institutionalism, nuclear power, Britain
Subjects: L200 Politics
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 10:24
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:32

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