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Beyond Backyard Environmentalism by Charles Sabel Professor of Law, Archon Fung Assistant Professor, Bradley Karkkainen Associate Professor

Edited by Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers for Boston Review

When we think of environmental action, we draw upon images from the disaster of Love Canal or from A CIVIC ACTION--stories of lone activists fighting the government or some corporation against all odds. In their provocative essay, Sabel and Fung demonstrate that an effective alternative is emerging. Before environmental disasters occur, citizen groups are collaborating with experts, business leaders, and local and federal governments to figure out what is best for their own neighborhoods. These examples point to more than successful environmental action; they represent a model of grassroots democracy we can apply to the needs of our community.


A series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns. The series editors (for Boston Review), Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, aim to foster politically engaged, intellectually honest, and morally serious debate about fundamental issues-both on and off the agenda of conventional politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807004456
Publisher: Beacon
Publication date: 07/28/2000
Series: New Democracy Forum Series
Edition description: None
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Charles Sabel is professor of law at Columbia University. Archon Fung is assistant professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Bradley Karkkainen is associate professor at Columbia Law School.

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