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Dialogue as Nuclear Waste Management Policy: Can a Swedish Transparency Programme Legitimise a Final Decision on Spent Nuclear Fuel?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Umeå Centre for Evaluation Research (UCER).
2012 (English)In: Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, ISSN 1943-815X, Vol. 9, no 3, 181-196 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to discuss Swedish nuclear waste management policy and assess whether a transparency programme has affected the policy discourse and contributed to legitimatising the forthcoming government decision on a final solution for spent nuclear fuel. The transparency programme implemented by the National Council for Nuclear Waste (NW Council) consisted of two main activities: dialogue meetings and public hearings for deliberating on different aspects of the waste issue. Lessons are drawn from an evaluation of the programme. The article concludes that the NW Council has implemented the government's legitimatisation policy by its existence and through the transparency programme, but achieving long lasting legitimacy is a complicated matter. Dialogue meetings and public hearings are reasonable measures; whether these measures are sufficient to legitimatise the final decision also depends on how the appropriate state agencies and the government justify their assessments and decisions regarding the long-term safety, security and sustainability of the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company's proposed final repository. The dialogue policy and transparency programme, however, has failed to influence the key decisions which remain in the control of the powerful interests, most notable Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) and the government.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2012. Vol. 9, no 3, 181-196 p.
Keyword [en]
nuclear waste management, policy, transparency, legitimacy, power
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58759DOI: 10.1080/1943815X.2012.701649ISI: 000308991300005OAI: diva2:550033
Available from: 2012-09-06 Created: 2012-09-06 Last updated: 2012-11-07Bibliographically approved

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