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PPEGS Seminar Series Thursday 11 April Dr Annika Beelitz 'UK energy policy and the Fukushima disaster: Evidence of a pro-nuclear shadow elite’. All Welcome

 The Public Policy, Enterprise, Governance and Sustainability (PPEGS) Seminar Series Thursday 11 April 1pm-2pm in KB1-16. 
 
Dr Annika Beelitz, University of Bangor, UK ‘UK energy policy and the Fukushima disaster: Evidence of a pro-nuclear shadow elite’. All are welcome to attend with tea and coffee provided before the seminar begins.
 
Biography
Annika Beelitz is a Lecturer in Accounting at Bangor University, where she received her master’s degree and her PhD, and where she has been a member of staff since 2012. Annika’s research focuses on organisational legitimacy, corporate social responsibility, corporate communication and impression management. Her work focuses in particular on corporate communication following corporate crises. Annika has a particular interest in qualitative research methods drawing on linguistics, such as, for example, analysing the use of figurative language in corporate communication. Her work is thus interdisciplinary and benefits from her background in accounting and finance (MSc in Accounting and Finance) as well as cultural and business studies (BA in International Cultural and Business Studies, University of Passau, Germany). Annika’s work has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics and in Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal.
Abstract
The study investigates the case of UK pro-nuclear corporate, political and regulatory actors exercising power by accessing social networks to influence nuclear energy policy in their favour before and after the Fukushima disaster. Drawing on the concepts of power as manipulation, power elites and shadow elites, and on network-based elite theory, we analyse the social network of pro-nuclear corporate, political and regulatory actors that had a common interest in the continuation and expansion of nuclear power generation in the UK. To do so, we investigate the interconnections and interactions between pro-nuclear actors by means of analysing their private e-mail exchange following the Fukushima disaster on 11 March 2011, as well as hospitality registers of UK Government officials, registers of ministerial meetings with external organisations and attendee lists of Nuclear Development Fora between May 2010 and September 2011. We provide evidence of a powerful pro-nuclear elite drawing on social capital (i.e., social networks) to further their common interest. This elite network formed the basis for the temporary formation of a pro-nuclear shadow elite that emerged following the Fukushima disaster to influence nuclear energy policy in line with their interests.
 
The Public Policy, Enterprise, Governance and Sustainability Seminar Series is organised by:
Prof. Helena Lenihan (Department of Economics) helena.lenihan@ul.ie
Kathleen Regan (Department of Accounting and Finance) kathleen.regan@ul.ie
 
Co-Theme Leaders:
Prof. Helena Lenihan (Department of Economics)
Prof. Philip O’ Regan (Dean, Kemmy Business School)
 
For further information on webpage:
http://www.ul.ie/business/public-policy-enterprise-governance-and-sustainability-ppegs