Nuclear Policy in Taiwan and Germany in Comparison: In historical perspective
Nuclear Policy is a worldwide extreme disputed issue. After the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan, in March 2011, nuclear policy in some countries has changed tremendously but some didn’t. The most radical case of “changer” is Germany, a country which is famous of its advanced development of environmental policy. German government has decided quickly after the Fukushima catastrophe that they would close all the nuclear power plants step by step until year 2021/2022. Taiwan is one of the Asian countries that its recent government (KMT Party) got few impact from Fukushima catastrophe and almost insist the building project of the fourth nuclear power plant. Which debates between parties over 20 years, although most of Taiwanese are against the further building of the fourth nuclear power plant after Fukushima. From historical perspective, what really interesting to observe is this two countries which bring their nuclear policy to different direction, have the same controversial and changeful history of nuclear policy behind them. This dissertation therefore intends to find out the change models of nuclear policy in Taiwan and Germany in historical perspective. And with the view of theories of policy change, we could find some important factors which influence the difference of change of nuclear policy in these two countries.