A Cross-National Comparison of Nuclear Reactor Development Strategies.

by Peter DeLeon

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Reviews the development of nuclear power reactors in the United States, Great Britain, France, West Germany, Canada, and the Soviet Union. The paper discusses the acceptance or rejection of respective national reactor types and what factors influenced that decision. It concludes that a close working relationship between the developing government agencies, the electrical utility industry, and the electric construction industry was essential if the reactor system was to experience widespread diffusion. Furthermore, those countries that enjoyed the greatest success in their reactor development programs typically developed multiple reactor types. (Presented to the Second International Congress on Technology Assessment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, October 25-27, 1976.)

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