Environmental Protest in Western Europe

Environmental Protest in Western Europe

by Christopher Rootes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199252068

ISBN-13: 9780199252060

Pub. Date: 02/12/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press


The rise of environmentalism has been one of the more remarkable developments in the politics of western societies in recent decades. However, as environmental awareness has become more generalized, the forms of expression of environmental concern have changed. Established environmental movement organizations have become embedded in policy networks, but, in some…  See more details below

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The rise of environmentalism has been one of the more remarkable developments in the politics of western societies in recent decades. However, as environmental awareness has become more generalized, the forms of expression of environmental concern have changed. Established environmental movement organizations have become embedded in policy networks, but, in some countries, there has been a resurgence of environmental radicalism. New groups, adopting innovative tactics, have mounted spectacular and disruptive protests.

These developments pose interesting questions for social scientists and policy-makers. Has the institutionalization of established environmental organizations demobilized their supporters and reduced them to a passive, credit-card waving 'conscience' constituency? Has direct participation in environmental protest become the specialized activity of smaller numbers of people? Has there been a decline in the total volume of environmental protest, or is it merely that the forms of protest have changed? Have the protest repertoires of established groups moderated over time, or have they been stimulated by the emergence of more radical groups to adopt more challenging tactics? Has environmental protest become more confrontational? Do protests employ different repertoires of action according to the issues at stake? How does the incidence of protest vary over time and from one country to another? Is there evidence of a Europeanization of either the issues or the forms of environmental protest?

These are some of the questions this volume addresses. Based upon an analysis of the protest events reported in one quality newspaper in each of eight countries during a ten year period, this is the first systematically comparative study of environmental protest in a representative cross-section of EU member states. It breaks entirely new ground in the study of environmental politics in Europe and is a major contribution to the study of protest events.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199252060
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/12/2004
Series:
Comparative Politics Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Contributors
1The Transformation of Environmental Activism: An Introduction1
2Britain20
3France59
4Germany80
5Greece109
6Italy135
7Spain166
8The Basque Country200
9Sweden216
10Conclusion: Environmental Protest Transformed?234
App. AThe Methodology of Protest Event Analysis and the Media Politics of Reporting Environmental Protest Events258
App. BThe TEA (Transformation of Environmental Activism) Project280
References282
Index303

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