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From local conflict to national issue: when and how environmental campaigns succeed in transcending the local

Rootes, Christopher (2013) From local conflict to national issue: when and how environmental campaigns succeed in transcending the local. Environmental Politics, 22 (1). pp. 95-114. ISSN 0964-4016. (doi:10.1080/09644016.2013.755791) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

As power is increasingly removed from local to national and global arenas, local environmental activists struggle both to secure local redress of their grievances and to place their concerns on supra-local agendas. Yet some succeed in doing so. In order to elucidate the conditions that facilitate such successes, campaigns concerning three issues – road-building, waste incineration and airport expansion – are examined. In each, local campaigners in England have, at least briefly, achieved national attention. Local campaigns are most likely to succeed in elevating their concerns to the status of national issues where they frame those concerns as translocal issues by networking with others with similar grievances. They are most likely to do this with the assistance of non-local actors such as national environmental non-governmental organisations, assistance that is most likely to be provided where the issue concerns a problematic government policy, and to be sustained only so long as that issue is nationally salient and consistent with the campaign priorities of those organisations. The rise of climate change as the ‘master frame’ of environmentalism has had diverse implications for local campaigns.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09644016.2013.755791
Additional information: Special Issue: Coming of Age? Environmental Politics at 21
Uncontrolled keywords: local campaigns, environmental NGOs, networks, issue framing, climate change, NIMBY, scale shift
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 11:02 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34493 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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