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Nimby Is Beautiful
Cases of Local Activism and Environmental Innovation around the World
Edited by Carol Hager and Mary Alice Haddad
236 pages, 4 illus., 9 tables, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78238-601-8 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (March 2015)
ISBN 978-1-78533-509-9 $29.95/£21.00 Pb Published (March 2017)
eISBN 978-1-78238-602-5 eBook
“This new edited volume provides an innovative, empirically driven perspective on controversial facilities that will be of interest to many scholars, decision makers, and residents around the world. The volume's international perspective helps make its conclusions convincing and robust and it rests on a well developed set of theories and hypotheses.” · Daniel P. Aldrich, Purdue University
NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) protests are often criticized as parochial and short-lived, generating no lasting influence on broader processes related to environmental politics. This volume offers a different perspective. Drawing on cases from around the globe, it demonstrates that NIMBY protests, although always arising from a local concern in a particular community, often result in broader political, social, and technological change. Chapters include cases from Europe, North America, and Asia, engaging with the full political spectrum from established democracies to non-democratic countries. Regardless of political setting, NIMBY movements can have a positive and proactive role in generating innovative solutions to local as well as transnational environmental issues. Furthermore, those solutions are now serving as models for communities and countries around the world.
Carol Hager is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Social Sciences at Bryn Mawr College. She is the author of Technological Democracy: Bureaucracy and Citizenry in the German Energy Debate (Michigan 1995) and has published articles in German Politics, German Studies Review, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
Mary Alice Haddad is Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. Her publications include Politics and Volunteering in Japan (Cambridge 2007), Building Democracy in Japan (Cambridge 2012), and articles in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Democratization, Journal of Asian Studies, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
Subject: Environmental Studies
List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: A New Look at NIMBY
Chapter 1. How Do Grassroots Environmental Protests Incite Innovation?
Helen M. Poulos
Chapter 2. From NIMBY to Networks: Protest and Innovation in German Energy Politics
Chapter 3. NIMBY and YIMBY: Movements For and Against Renewable Energy in Germany and the United States
Miranda Schreurs and Dörte Ohlhorst
Chapter 4. Hell No We Won't Glow! How Targeted Communities Deployed an Injustice Frame to Shed the NIMBY Label and Defeat Low-Level Radioactive Waste Facilities in the United States
Daniel J. Sherman
Chapter 5. Protecting Cultural Heritage: Unexpected Successes for Environmental Movements in China and Russia
Chapter 6. The Dalian Chemical Plant Protest, Environmental Activism, and China's Developing Civil Society
Michael M. Gunter, Jr.
Chapter 7. Local Activism and Environmental Innovation in Japan
Chapter 8. From Backyard Environmental Advocacy to National Democratization: The Cases of South Korea and Taiwan
Mary Alice Haddad
Conclusion: NIMBY is Beautiful: How Local Environmental Protests Are Changing the World
Mary Alice Haddad
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