Political foreplay for nuclear new build – Defining good in the intersection of technology, economy and politics
This study explores the obscurities of nuclear new builds as not only as form of energy production but also as economically rationalized activity, and as an exceptional political question. Lately the tightening relationships of economy, society and politics has been raised in variety of academic debates. I look at the process of politically approving nuclear new builds in Finland from 2007 to 2014. I claim that the development of growing neoliberalized ideology and economized logic of politics are not only taking over, but also absorbing the welfarist values into themselves in order to legitimize internally controversial decisions. Although nuclear power is exceptional case in many ways, this analysis reveals broader issues of economy and society in times of neoliberal ideology and politics, and the normative logics behind the decision making, and contributes also to the understanding of societal and environmental justice in modern technological environment.