The Politics of Nuclear Energy in Western Europe by Wolfgang C. MullerThe Politics of Nuclear Energy in Western Europe by Wolfgang C. Muller

The Politics of Nuclear Energy in Western Europe

EditorWolfgang C. Muller, Paul W. Thurner

Hardcover | May 20, 2017

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This volume investigates nuclear energy policies in Western Europe over the entire post-war period, but with special attention to the two most recent decades. The comparative analytical perspective draws on the interplay between voters' attitudes, challenging movements, party competition, andcoalition formation. Spanning more than 60 years and 16 countries, the researchers examine the underlying causal processes leading to the observed varieties of Western European nuclear energy policies. Based on a mixed methods approach using both structured case studies as well as quantitativeanalyses, the study shows that the nature of party competition under given institutional contexts is a key-driver for, as a rule, tactically motivated governmental policy changes and stability, respectively. Part I introduces the practical and theoretical relevance of the topic. It outlines the reasoning of the major scientific contributions with regard to nuclear energy policies, and offers a theoretical alternative to the previous literatures that has been predominantly movements-oriented.Additionally, it provides core economic and political indicators of the changing role of nuclear energy in the countries. Part II consists of seven in-depth case studies where the outlined theoretical perspective is applied. Part III consists of a general summary, short narratives of the countriesnot covered in case studies, qualitative comparison and an assessment of the factors for policy change from multivariate analysis.
Wolfgang C. Muller is Professor of Democratic Governance at the University of Vienna. Previous appointments included Chair and Director of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim. His work focuses on political parties, political institutions, and coalition government in Western Europe. Sinc...
Title:The Politics of Nuclear Energy in Western EuropeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:May 20, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Wolfgang C. Muller and Paul W. Thurner: Nuclear Energy in Western Europe: Revival or Rejection? An Introduction2. Wolfgang C. Muller and Paul W. Thurner: Understanding Policy Reversals and Policy Stability in Individual Countries3. Paul W. Thurner and Wolfgang C. Muller: Comparative Policy Indicators on Nuclear Energy4. Paul W. Thurner, Sylvain Brouard, Isabel Guineaudau, Martin Dolezal, Swen Hutter, and Wolfgang C. Muller: The Conflict over Nuclear Energy: Public Opinion, Protest Movements, and Green Parties in Comparative Perspective5. Wolfgang C. Muller: Austria: Rejecting Nuclear Energy-From Party Competition Accident to State Doctrine6. Sylvain Brouard and Isabelle Guinaudeau: Nuclear Politics in France: High Profile Policy and Low Salient Politics7. Paul W. Thurner: Germany: Party System Change and Policy Reversals8. Fabio Franchino: Italy: Leading and Lagging: Innovation, Delays and Coalition Politics in Nuclear Energy Policy9. Kees Aarts and Maarten Arentsen: Nuclear Power and Politics in the Netherlands10. Soren Holmberg and Per Hedberg: The Will of the People? Swedish Nuclear Power Policy11. Hanspeter Kriesi: Switzerland12. Wolfgang C. Muller, Paul W. Thurner, and Christian Schulze: Conclusion: Explaining Nuclear Policy Reversals