Baker, Keith and Stoker, Gerry
Meta-governance and the UK nuclear industry: a limiting case.
In, European Consortium for Political Research, 5th General Conference., Berlin, DE,
10 - 12 Sep 2009.
Case studies can be used to make inferences against theories providing that are they selected on appropriate criteria. The state-centric theory of effective metagovernance when specified and stated with clarity is subject to test by way of a “least-likely” case. If it proves itself in this context the theory could claim to be both robust and widely applicable. By examing the prospects for a restoration of a significant role for the nuclear delivering of the UK’s energy needs we cast doubt on claim that that state through metagovernance can achieve greater effectiveness in achieving its goals. The state-centric theory of metagovernance needs to be qualified and may be more open to challenge from society-centred accounts of metagovernance than its advocates allow. Our research suggests that there is, further, a need to rethink the policy framework if the drive to a nuclear renaissance is to be delivered.
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