Climate change and the nuclear securitisation of UK energy policy

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Abstract

The relationship between energy security, neoliberalism and climate change
in the development of UK energy policy from 2003 to 2011 is discussed,
with a particular focus on nuclear power. A ‘securitisation’ discourse has
been associated with the promotion of nuclear interests, although the government
policy storylines have been associated as much with changing party
political priorities as with justifying instrumental policy objectives.
However, the extent to which neoliberal electricity arrangements will be
overridden in the wake of the securitising agenda is uncertain, due to the
embedded nature of neoliberal practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-570
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2013

Keywords

  • climate change
  • nuclear power
  • energy security
  • securitisation
  • neoliberalism

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