Why did nuclear energy policies in France, Sweden, and the
United States, very similar at the time of the oil crisis of 1973
and 1974, diverge so greatly in the following years? In answering
this question, James Jasper challenges one of the most popular
trends in political analysis: explanations relying exclusively on
political and economic structures to account for public policies.
Jasper proposes a new cultural and state-centered approach--one
heeding not only structural factors but cultural meanings,
individual biographies, and elite discretion. Surveying the period
from the successful commercialization of light-water-reactor
technology in the early 1960s to the present, he explains the
events that occurred after 1973: France built even more reactors
than it needed, the United States canceled most reactor orders, and
Sweden completed planned nuclear plants but decided to phase out
nuclear energy by 2010.
This work is based on one hundred interviews with managers,
policymakers, and activists in the three countries. In addition to
providing a unique theoretical perspective, it broadens our
understanding of nuclear policy by looking at three countries in
depth and over a long historical span.
Originally published in 1990.
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