Understanding the Intensity of UK Policy Commitments to Nuclear Power

98 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2016 Last revised: 2 Dec 2016

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Emily Cox

University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Philip Johnstone

University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Andy Stirling

University of Sussex

Date Written: September 26, 2016

Abstract

The UK Government has long been planning to build up to 16 GWe of new nuclear power – a proportional level of support unparalleled in other liberalised energy markets. Despite many challenging developments, these general nuclear attachments show no sign of easing. With many viable alternative strategies for efficient, secure, low-carbon energy services, it is difficult to explain these commitments solely in terms of officially-declared policy rationales.

Keywords: civil nuclear power; nuclear energy strategies; UK energy policy; nuclear weapons; nuclear-propelled submarines; incumbency; lock-in; renewable energy; technological discontinuation; sociotechnical transformation; theories of power; institutional theory; political science; science and technology

Suggested Citation

Cox, Emily and Johnstone, Philip and Stirling, Andy, Understanding the Intensity of UK Policy Commitments to Nuclear Power (September 26, 2016). SWPS 2016-16, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2837691 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2837691

Emily Cox (Contact Author)

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Philip Johnstone

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Andy Stirling

University of Sussex ( email )

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