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UK space policy and the politics of parliamentary debate

UK space policy and the politics of parliamentary debate
UK space policy and the politics of parliamentary debate
In January 2016, a debate was held on UK space policy in the House of Commons, timed to coincide with the extravehicular activity (EVA) undertaken by British astronaut Major Tim Peake as part of his mission to the International Space Station (ISS). UK participation in ISS activities marked the culmination of a significant reorientation of government space policy in recent years, and analysis of the parliamentary debate facilitates insight into the nature of that reorientation, and the policy goals that lay at its heart. It also delineates three key themes which underpinned the parliamentary debate: the novelty of space policy as a topic of political discussion in parliament; the use of the parliamentary arena as a means through which MPs champion their constituencies as prime locations for valuable economic benefits associated with the space sector; and the portrayal of space as a source of inspiration and driver of aspiration, and as an opportunity for a vigorous space industry policy. The paper argues for the utility of parliamentary analysis as a way to enrich our understanding of the evolution of contemporary UK space policy.
uk space policy, uk parliament, major tim peake
0265-9646
1-14
Kelso, Alexandra
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Kelso, Alexandra
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Kelso, Alexandra (2016) UK space policy and the politics of parliamentary debate. Space Policy, 1-14. (doi:10.1016/j.spacepol.2016.02.005).

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In January 2016, a debate was held on UK space policy in the House of Commons, timed to coincide with the extravehicular activity (EVA) undertaken by British astronaut Major Tim Peake as part of his mission to the International Space Station (ISS). UK participation in ISS activities marked the culmination of a significant reorientation of government space policy in recent years, and analysis of the parliamentary debate facilitates insight into the nature of that reorientation, and the policy goals that lay at its heart. It also delineates three key themes which underpinned the parliamentary debate: the novelty of space policy as a topic of political discussion in parliament; the use of the parliamentary arena as a means through which MPs champion their constituencies as prime locations for valuable economic benefits associated with the space sector; and the portrayal of space as a source of inspiration and driver of aspiration, and as an opportunity for a vigorous space industry policy. The paper argues for the utility of parliamentary analysis as a way to enrich our understanding of the evolution of contemporary UK space policy.

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Accepted/In Press date: 23 February 2016
Published date: 29 February 2016
Keywords: uk space policy, uk parliament, major tim peake
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 388349
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/388349
ISSN: 0265-9646
PURE UUID: e1ae8c1e-8861-4bb6-8b83-1b025d53776c

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Date deposited: 24 Feb 2016 14:45
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 07:08

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Author: Alexandra Kelso

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