Scaling Up: Can the IAEA Safeguard More Nuclear Materials in More States?

37 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 26 Aug 2011

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Patrick Roberts

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Scaling up processes in chemistry, engineering, and computer programming provides lessons for how public organizations might cope with increased mandates. In all of these fields, processes that work at a smaller scale may only be able to increase up to a choke point. After the choke point, the processes could risk catastrophic failure because new interactions not visible at smaller levels of production can have massive consequences at larger levels. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s safeguards programs offer an interesting test case for applying notions of scalability to public organizations. Scalability analysis shows that the agency must do more than simply increase its budget in order to keep up with an expanding workload.

Suggested Citation

Roberts, Patrick, Scaling Up: Can the IAEA Safeguard More Nuclear Materials in More States? (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1900522

Patrick Roberts (Contact Author)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University ( email )

Center for Public Administration and Policy
School of Public and International Affairs
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

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