Collaboration patterns, external shocks and uncertainty: Swiss nuclear energy politics before and after Fukushima

Fischer, Manuel (2015). Collaboration patterns, external shocks and uncertainty: Swiss nuclear energy politics before and after Fukushima. Energy policy, 86, pp. 520-528. Elsevier 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.08.007

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Energy shocks like the Fukushima accident can have important political consequences. This article examines their impact on collaboration patterns between collective actors in policy processes. It argues that external shocks create both behavioral uncertainty, meaning that actors do not know about other actors' preferences, and policy uncertainty on the choice and consequences of policy instruments. The context of uncertainty interacts with classical drivers of actor collaboration in policy processes. The analysis is based on a dataset comprising interview and survey data on political actors in two subsequent policy processes in Switzerland and Exponential Random Graph Models for network data. Results first show that under uncertainty, collaboration of actors in policy processes is less based on similar preferences than in stable contexts, but trust and knowledge of other actors are more important. Second, under uncertainty, scientific actors are not preferred collaboration partners.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Other Institutions > Teaching Staff, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Fischer, Manuel

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0301-4215

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeremy Simeon Trottmann

Date Deposited:

01 Jun 2016 15:24

Last Modified:

02 Jun 2016 00:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.enpol.2015.08.007

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Collaboration, Exponential random graph model, External shocks, Policy-making, Uncertainty

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.82803

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/82803

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