Nuclear Energy Safety and International Cooperation : Closing the World's Most Dangerous Reactors Hardback
Part of the Routledge Studies in Environmental Policy series
Twenty-five years after the Chernobyl explosion, disaster struck once again after a tsunami overwhelmed the considerable safety measures at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.
However, Fukushima had in place a solid containment structure to reduce the spread of radiation in the event of a worst-case scenario; Chernobyl did not.
These two incidents highlight the importance of such safety measures, which were critically lacking in an entire class of Soviet-designed reactors. This book examines why five countries operating these dangerous reactors first signed international agreements to close them within a few years, then instead delayed for almost two decades.
It looks at how political decision makers weighed the enormous short-term costs of closing those reactors against the long-term benefits of compliance, and how the political instability that dominated post-Communist transitions impacted their choices.
The book questions the efficacy of Western governments' efforts to convince their Eastern counterparts of the dangers they faced, and establishes a causal relationship between political stability and compliance behavior.
This model will also enable more effective assistance policies in similar situations of political change where decision makers face considerable short-term costs to gain greater future rewards. This book provides a valuable resource for postgraduate students, academics and policy makers in the fields of nuclear safety, international agreements, and democratization.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 152 pages, 4 Line drawings, black and white; 22 Tables, black and white; 26 Illustrations, black and
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 15/07/2014
- Category: Nuclear issues
- ISBN: 9781138018501