Fast breeder reactor technology and the entrepreneurial state in the UK

MacKenzie, N. G. , Knox, S. and Hannon, M. (2020) Fast breeder reactor technology and the entrepreneurial state in the UK. Business History, (doi: 10.1080/00076791.2020.1809653) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

This article explores the creation, operation and failure of the UK’s fast breeder reactor programme at Dounreay within the context of the development of the nuclear power industry in the UK, and the administration of national and regional economic policy. The UK government maintained total control of the development of the technology including its creation, operation, and attempts at exploitation, corresponding closely to existing definitions of entrepreneurship. We thus argue that the case of fast breeder reactor technology in the UK should be considered as both an example of Mazzucato’s characterisation of the state as an entrepreneur and an explanation why it has 'forgotten' how to be entrepreneurial.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mackenzie, Professor Niall
Authors: MacKenzie, N. G., Knox, S., and Hannon, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Business History
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0007-6791
ISSN (Online):1743-7938
Published Online:03 September 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Business History 2020
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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