A Discourse-based constructivist analysis of the nuclear energy ‘reality’ in Turkey
AuthorBalkan Şahin, Sevgi
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CitationBalkan Şahin, Sevgi.(2014).A Discourse-based constructivist analysis of the nuclear energy ‘reality’ in turkey.ourth Global International Studies Conference on Justice, Peace and Stability: Risks and Opportunities for Governance and Development,1-31.
After many failed attempts since the 1970s, Turkey has embarked on a nuclear power generation project, which is expected to install 10.000MWe nuclear capacity in the next decade. This nuclear commitment has intensified the conflict between groups that either supports or opposes the nuclear energy. By applying a discourse-based constructivist approach, this paper examines how pro and anti-nuclear groups have constructed the ‘reality’ of nuclear energy as an ‘asset’ or as a ‘threat’. Relying on the analysis of the data from primary sources, such as official statements by government officials, political parties, chambers, and associations, this papers argues that by framing the nuclear energy as the only alternative that would boost the economic growth and competitiveness of the country, pro-nuclear groups led by the Justice and Development Party has managed to exclude any alternative or opposing discourse on nuclear power and sideline the anti-nuclear discourse coalition in Turkey.