Protesting policy and practice in South Korea's Nuclear Energy Industry

Lauren Richardson

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Japan’s March 2011 (3/11) crisis spurred a revival in anti-nuclear activism around the globe. This was certainly the case in South Korea, Japan’s nearest neighbour, which was subject to some of the nuclear fallout from Fukushima. This chapter examines the puzzle of why the South Korean antinuclear movement was apparently powerless in the face of its government’s decision to ratchet up nuclear energy production post-3/11. It argues that its limitations stem from the highly insulated nature of energy policy making in South Korea; the enmeshing of nuclear power in the government’s ‘Green Growth Strategy’; and certain tactical in sufficiencies within the movement itself. Notwithstanding these limitations, the movement has successfully capitalised upon more recent domestic shocks to the nuclear power industry, resulting in a slight, yet significant, curtailing of the South Korean government’s nuclear energy capacity targets.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLessons of Fukushima
Subtitle of host publicationNuclear Power in East Asia
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherAustralian National University
ISBN (Electronic)9781760461409
ISBN (Print)9781760461393
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017


  • South Korea
  • nuclear energy
  • anti-nuclear movement

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