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Power to the People?

Synopsis
Large-scale projects such as Concorde, the nuclear power programme, the Channel Tunnel and the proposed Severn tidal barrage have at least two characteristics in common: they are publicly funded (or the public’s representatives have a say in their progress) and they tend to be controversial, because of the large amount of resources they consume (or produce) and their environmental effects. Yet there is no easy way for the public to vote their preferences (unlike a commodity that can be bought in a shop). How are decisions made about such projects and how are the public informed?
Series
Design and Innovation, Course T362
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 24 min.
Year of production
1986
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Subjects
Design; Engineering
Keywords
decision-making; engineering design

Credits

Producer
Kevin Newport
Cast
Frank Finlay 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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