Project siting and the concept of community

Lesbirel, Hayden (2011) Project siting and the concept of community. Environmental Politics, 20 (6). pp. 826-842.

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The siting of unwanted projects always involves conflict between developers and community interests. Yet the notion of community has been under-theorised in the siting literature. The concept of community is explored and related to the siting of risky projects. An analysis of eleven siting cases from around the world suggests that the environmental spillover effects from projects often transcend local administrative boundaries and that the relevant unit of analysis will often be much broader than a local community defined administratively. Understanding the origins and management of siting conflicts requires a broader definition of community, one which incorporates not only administrative communities at different levels of government, but also one which encapsulates different social, environmental and even virtual communities. Politics will determine which community boundaries matter in any given siting dispute.

Item ID: 19290
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1743-8934
Keywords: industrial location; community; conflict management; policy design
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2011 04:19
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics @ 90%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy @ 10%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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