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Letting the research tail wag the end-user's dog: the Powell Committee & UK reactor choice

Welsh, Ian 1994. Letting the research tail wag the end-user's dog: the Powell Committee & UK reactor choice. Science and Public Policy 21 (1) , pp. 43-53. 10.1093/spp/21.1.43

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Abstract

In May 1962 a UK Cabinet Committee, chaired by Sir Richard Powell, was convened to review the future of nuclear energy in the UK. The Committee's files have just been released to the Public Records Office. They clearly illustrate the consequences of science policy being driven by R&D interests and the pursuit of national economic advantage. The limitations imposed on flexible policy options by Big Science projects are also revealed. The papers and minutes provide a detailed insight into the last nuclear review conducted in Britain. The terms of reference for the next such review are expected to become public this year, so the workings of the Powell Committee represent a valuable insight into the complexities surrounding these reviews.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0302-3427
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:29
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/60842

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