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The impacts of environmental movements

Rootes, Christopher and Nulman, Eugene (2014) The impacts of environmental movements. In: Porta, Donatella Della and Diani, Mario, eds. Oxford Handbook of Social Movements. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 729-742. ISBN 978-0-19-967840-2. (doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199678402.013.55) (KAR id:62921)

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The impacts of environmental movements (EMs) are indirect and mediated outcomes of efforts by actors ranging from environmental NGOs to grass-roots activists to influence environmental policies and practices of governments and corporations, usually by mobilizing public opinion. With fewer resources than industry groups, EMs’ impacts are dependent on mass media coverage, the fluctuating salience of environmental issues, and political opportunities. EMs influence policy by deploying scientific knowledge, more successfully where they have special expertise. In international negotiations, EMs have acted as brokers between North and South to influence global environmental policies. In authoritarian states, EMs have enlarged scope for civil society and democratic participation.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199678402.013.55
Uncontrolled keywords: environmental policy formation, environmental policy implementation, agenda setting, scientific expertise, public opinion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Christopher Rootes
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 16:50 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:47 UTC
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