1st Edition

Society, Resistance and Civil Nuclear Policy in India
Nuclearising the State

ISBN 9780367561468
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
226 Pages

USD $160.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This book explores how anti-nuclear social movements impact the state’s civil nuclear policy and its implementation by presenting a historical-comparative case study of anti-nuclear movements in India.

Drawing on social movement theory and empirical methods, the book demonstrates that the ability for anti-nuclear movements to impede the inception of nuclear plants – a key element of India’s civil nuclear policy – is determined by the movement’s collective action repertoires, the politicisation of nuclear power and the state’s larger developmental paradigm, and the openness of state input structures. The case studies of anti-nuclear movements in Haripur, Kudankulam and Kovvada demonstrate how the implementation of civil nuclear policy is also determined by the state’s technical and financial capacity and effective international collaboration.

With a focus on theorisation of social movements and their impact, combined with empirical studies of anti-nuclear movements, as well as the historical trajectory of civil nuclear development, the book adds a new prism to the study of India’s civil nuclear policy and anti-nuclear opposition. It will be of interest to researchers working on social movements, state-society relations, energy studies and civil nuclear energy in the context of South Asia and the Global South.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Methodology  3. A Review of the Literature on Anti-Nuclear Movements in India  4. Theorising the Impact of Anti-Nuclear Movements on India’s Civil Nuclear Policy  5. A History of Civil Nuclear Energy Policymaking and Implementation in India  6. Case Study 1: The Movement against the Nuclear Plant at Kudankulam  7. Case Study 2: The Movement against the Nuclear Plant at Haripur  8. Case Study 3: The Movement against the Nuclear Plant at Kovvada  9. A Comparison of Variables and Outcomes  10. Conclusion

View More



Varigonda Kesava Chandra is Research Associate at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore.