Critical Masses: Citizens, Nuclear Weapons Production, and Environmental Destruction inthe UnitedStates and Russia / Edition 1

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This book investigates how citizens in the United States and Russia have used the democratic process to force their governments to address the horrendous environmental damage caused by the nuclear arms race. It is the first in-depth comparative study of environmental activism and democracy in the two countries.

Critical Masses focuses on two crucial areas—the Hanford Reservation in Washington State and the Mayak Complex in Russia—that were at the heart of their nations' nuclear weapons programs, examining how the surrounding communities were affected.

It explores nuclear weapons production, how both governments concealed environmental and health dangers from people living nearby, and how Russian and American citizens think about environmental issues. And it provides insights into the process of democratization in Russia and the limits of democracy in the United States, as well as the development of nuclear policy in the post-Cold War era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262541039
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/22/1999
  • Series: American and Comparative Environmental Policy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 473
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell J. Dalton is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.

Paula Garb is Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine.

Nicholas P. Lovrich is Professor of Political Science at Washington State University.

John C. Pierce is Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

John M. Whiteley is Professor of Social Ecology at the University of California,Irvine. He is the coauthor of Critical Masses: Citizens, Nuclear Weapons Production, and Environmental Destruction in the United States and Russia (MIT Press, 1999).

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
List of Figures
List of Tables
I Introduction
1 Introduction
Russell J. Dalton, Paula Garb, Nicholas P. Lovrich, John
C. Pierce, and John M. Whiteley
II The Historical Legacy
2 The Hanford Nuclear Reservation: The Old Realities and
the New
John M. Whiteley
3 The Compelling Realities of Mayak
John M. Whiteley
4 Public Perceptions of Environmental Conditions
John C. Pierce, Russell J. Dalton, and Andrei Zaitsev
III The Environmental Movement
5 The Development of Interest Group Activism at
William Schreckhise
6 A History of Environmental Activism in Chelyabinsk
Paula Garb and Galina Komarova
IV Citizens and the Environment
7 Environmental Attitudes and the New Environmental
Russell J. Dalton, Yevgeny Gontmacher, Nicholas P. Lovrich, and
John C. Pierce
8 Environmental Thinking among Environmental Leaders in
Paula Garb
9 The Mobilization of Public Support for Environmental
John C. Pierce, Russell J. Dalton, and Ira Gluck
V The Governmental Response
10 The Governmental Response at Hanford
Nicholas P. Lovrich and John M. Whiteley
11 Still Tilting against the Environment: The Struggle
over the Russian Governmental Response
John M. Whiteley
IV Conclusion
12 Conclusion: Legacies of the Nuclear Age
Russell J. Dalton, Paula Garb, Nicholas P. Lovrich, John
C. Pierce, and John M. Whiteley
A: Survey Methodology
B: Survey IndeX Construction
About the Authors
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