Prologue and Plan
This book is a sequel to The Political Economy of Nuclear Energy which was published in 1967 and, like its predecessor, is concerned with the comparative efficiency of the organisations adopted in different countries to apply atomic energy to the generation of electricity. Because of inherent technical difficulties and the dangers involved, the development — still in important aspects incomplete — has been both very long and very costly. It has been exceptional in two other respects. First, since the United States, British and Canadian governments owned and controlled the basic technology, developed for war purposes, these governments had to initiate the developments, although the driving force came partly from other sources — in particular from industrial firms in the United States. Second, since atomic energy presented great dangers close government supervision and control were regarded universally as inevitable and essential.
KeywordsNuclear Power Plant Atomic Energy Commission Energy Crisis Nuclear Plant Industrial Firm
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Notes and References
- 6.Duncan Burn, Political Economy of Nuclear Energy (London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 1967) p. 13.Google Scholar