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Taming uncertainty: Towards a new governance approach for nuclear waste management in Belgium
Parotte, Céline; Delvenne, Pierre
2015In Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 57 (8), p. 986-998
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Keywords :
nuclear waste management; participatory/expert analysis; strategic management; opening up/closing down
Abstract :
[en] We focus on the new governance practices in Belgian nuclear waste management from its ‘participatory turn’ in the late 1990s. Rather than praising (or rejecting) participation versus expert analysis, we make use of a theoretical and analytical framework in which the relevant dynamics for the analysis are ‘opening up’ and ‘closing down’ technological appraisals and commitments. Even though nuclear waste management agencies often plead for an integrative approach between expert analysis and stakeholder participation, in practice both exercises are often kept separate. We address this separation and its consequences and we find that societal concerns remain subsumed in the technical options that have long been favoured by the Belgian agency. This article encourages scholars, waste managers and decision-makers to scrutinise the moments and situations in which opening up would be desirable, and when, by contrast, it would be better to close down options in nuclear waste management.
Research center :
Centre de Recherches SPIRAL
Disciplines :
Engineering, computing & technology: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Law, criminology & political science: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Author, co-author :
Parotte, Céline  ;  Université de Liège > Département de science politique > Politique européenne
Delvenne, Pierre  ;  Université de Liège > Département de science politique > Gouvernance et société
Language :
English
Title :
Taming uncertainty: Towards a new governance approach for nuclear waste management in Belgium
Publication date :
May 2015
Journal title :
Technology Analysis and Strategic Management
ISSN :
0953-7325
Publisher :
Routledge
Volume :
57
Issue :
8
Pages :
986-998
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
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