Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

Participatory governance for energy policy-making: A case study of the UK nuclear consultation in 2007

Language

English

Abstract

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. The policy challenges associated with climate impacts, nuclear risks and an emergence of public preferences for fuel mixes have prompted many contemporary societies to adopt participatory approaches for managing energy matters. The extent to which and just how participatory approaches can work has however remained under-researched. This paper develops a normative framework for participatory governance to examine, analyse, and understand nuclear policy making processes and outcomes, with a particular reference to a case study of the UK nuclear consultation exercise in 2007. By comparing the actual consultation practice in the UK and our normative content-process-outcome framework, we found that the government approach paid insufficient attention to trust and some other normative values underpinning participatory governance, contributing to undesirable outcomes relating to policy legitimacy and public distrust. Ourfindings suggest that the UK government needs to pay more attention to the interaction that can occur between different rationales for participation and the processes and consequences of participatory exercises.

Keywords

Nuclear policy-making, Public participation, UK

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Energy Policy

Volume

74

Start Page

340

End Page

351

Publisher

Elsevier

DOI

10.1016/j.enpol.2014.08.002

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2014.08.002

ISSN (print)

03014215

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