A Referendum on the Future of Nuclear Power: The Case of Sweden

March 1984 (VOL. 2, NO. 1)

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The history of nuclear development in Sweden is chronicled. The position of various political parties is noted. Although the accident at Three Mile Island was an important factor in the holding of a referendum of the future of nuclear power, the event did not appear to greatly alter long-standing attitudes about the issue. Results of the referendum are analyzed. Political party loyalties were major factors that determined votes on the referendum. However, other factors, such as gender and age, and occupational position, were also important determinants.