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Nuclear Power and Energy Policy

Nuclear Power and Energy Policy

The Limits to Governance
Keith Baker, Gerry Stoker, Nuclear Power and Energy Policy. The Limits to Governance, Londres, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 245 p., ISBN : 978-1-137-43385-5.
Notice published 01 March 2016

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As is consistent with the concept of governance, nuclear power programmes are delivered through complex networks of international players. Governments seek to manage and govern networks through the practice of metagovernance, or the governance of the network governance.

This study applies the « tools of government » approach to explore the ability of governments to act as metagovernors. Addressing in-depth case studies of France, Finland, Britain and the United States, it considers the extent to which each government can leverage the capabilities it possesses as a government. Baker and Stoker argue that the way governments seek to practice metagovernance is shaped by an underlying tradition of governance and the composition of the networks within which they are embedded.

In the arena of nuclear power, none of the case study countries has proved very effective at metagovernance, and all have struggled to promote significant new investment in nuclear power. Delivering complex technological projects provides a tough test which indicates that there may be considerable limits to governance as a governing strategy.

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Keith Baker

Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University, USA. His research focuses on governance, nuclear power and energy policy.

Gerry Stoker

Centenary Research Professor, IGPA, University of Canberra, Australia, and Professor of Governance at the University of Southampton, UK. His main research interests are in governance, public service reform and the nature of anti-politics.

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