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Energy, Risk and Governance: The Case of Nuclear Energy in India

Author:
Wong, Catherine

ISBN:
978 3 319 63362 6
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
286
List price(s):
119.00 USD
88.00 GBP
109.99 EUR

Publication date:
28 December 2017

Short description: 

This book is about how energy, risk and governance are intertwined in the development of the nuclear industry in India and its relationship with the Indian public.

Full description: 

This book is about how energy, risk and governance are intertwined in the development of the nuclear industry in India and its relationship with the Indian public. It provides a rare insider-view of how the nuclear establishment thinks about risk, contrasted with public understandings of nuclear risk.Energy, Risk and Governance presents a nuanced picture of why nuclear energy is still considered by some as a rational choice. This is in spite of its risks, the ambiguities in both expert and public risk perceptions, and the internal reflexivities that have emerged within the nuclear establishment as a result of the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster that is absent from public discourse. The insights in this book are not unique to India and similar observations can likely be made across the global nuclear industry.Reflecting on what this means for risk governance in practice, this book proposes practical suggestions and some tools that practitioners in the nuclear industry can use in public engagement, risk communication and deliberation at various stages of decision-making.

Table of contents: 

1. Nuclear Energy, Risk and Governance.- 2. Risk in Social Theory.- 3. The Making of India's Nuclear Energy Programme.- 4. Elite Risk Perceptions.- 5. Risk and Safety.- 6. Public Risk Perceptions.- 7. From Risk Management to Risk Governance.- 8. Conclusion.

Biography: 

Catherine Mei Ling Wong is a sociologist at the University of Luxembourg. Her research focuses on risk governance in the energy sector, climate policy, and global financial centres. She also specialises in qualitative comparative research methods. She has held various research and teaching positions at James Cook University, the Australian National University and the Singapore Institute of Management University (UniSIM).

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