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On the ‘deep state’ hypothesis – Phil Johnstone and Andy Stirling react to critique

Recently Jessica Jewell from the POLET network offered a critical response to the hypothesis explained in a previous blog post by Andy Stirling and me about the links between civil and military nuclear power in the UK. Our hypothesis is

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All at sea: making sense of the UK’s muddled nuclear policy

A new ‘The Conversation’ post by Phil Johnston and Andy Stirling Philip Johnstone, University of Sussex and Andy Stirling, University of Sussex The chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, has recently been waving huge wads of cash at different (but

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Why Germany is dumping nuclear power – and Britain isn’t

Philip Johnstone, University of Sussex and Andy Stirling, University of Sussex The starkly differing nuclear policies of Germany and the UK present perhaps the clearest divergence in developed world energy strategies. Under the current major Energy Transition (Energiewende), Germany is

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Small modular reactors – the future of nuclear power?

In recent months, as the large Hinkley Point nuclear project has hit a succession of problems (see the recent blog by Phil) there has been increasing attention to the prospects of small nuclear reactors, most often small modular reactors (SMRs). 

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The politics of the UK nuclear renaissance

The ‘nuclear renaissance’ just got nasty. Britain has threatened Austria that it will take “every opportunity” to harm the country if Austria goes ahead with plans to challenge the European Commission decision on the granting of state aid for the

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