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An atomic adventure: A case study of the history of the Swedish nuclear policy using the theories of historical institutionalism and advocacy coalition framework
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A case study of the first 35 years, 1945 to 1980, of the Swedish nuclear institution. The purpose is to discover which actors that have shaped the Swedish nuclear institution. By using the theories of historical institutionalism and advocacy coalition framework I have analyzed these 35 years in three separate parts. Historical institutionalism puts emphasis on the creation of an institution, and so have I. The creation phase goes from 1945 to 1972. The following two parts are critical junctures that spans the years 1973-1978 and 1978-1980. The first critical juncture deals with the Centre Party's reversal in their opinion on nuclear power, the 1976 election and the outcome of that election. The third juncture starts with the Harrisburg accident and ends after the 1980 referendum. Using the advocacy coalition framework to analyze the actions or actors and coalitions during these three phases, I have come to the conclusion that the industry actors, those that have built the reactors, have been the most successful in pushing their coalition's agendas, over the years. Their influence was considerable during the years of institutional creation, while the coalitions that opposed nuclear power were quite weak during this time frame, which is consistent with historical institutionalism's focus on the creation, and path dependence.

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2015. , 84 p.
Keyword [en]
Nuclear power, coalitions, actors, historical institutionalism, path dependence, advocacy coalition framework, environmental movements
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Political Science Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27981OAI: diva2:843423
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Environmental Science
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2015-08-05 Created: 2015-07-28 Last updated: 2015-08-18Bibliographically approved

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