NIMBY Politics in Japan: energy siting and the management of environmental conflict

Lesbirel, S. Hayden (1998) NIMBY Politics in Japan: energy siting and the management of environmental conflict. Cornell University Press, USA.

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Negative reaction to undesirable facilities in one’s neighborhood--“not in my back yard”--isn’t limited to the United States. Japanese communities have also resisted siting decisions for power plants, and have often delayed or killed projects for which a legitimate social need exists.

NIMBY Politics in Japan is the first detailed account in English of energy siting disputes in postwar Japan. Based on an investigation of a hundred conventional and nuclear plants, the book draws on a wide range of local and corporate sources, as well as interviews with participants, to reveal the bargaining processes involved in social choices and their public policy outcomes.

S. Hayden Lesbirel examines why some siting decisions have taken an extraordinarily long time to complete while others have proceeded rapidly. He focuses on the intensity of conflict, relative strengths among participants, and the role of compensation, and he shows how innovative uses of compensation often enable negotiated compromises to be reached. Stressing the importance of dynamic bargaining and creative responses to social and political problems, Lesbirel shows the value of negotiated compromises in Japanese consensual politics.

Item ID: 1560
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 978-0-8014-3537-9
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2009 03:04
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160603 Comparative Government and Politics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8599 Other Energy > 859999 Energy not elsewhere classified @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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