The impact of local campaigns against wind energy developments

Ogilvie, M. and Rootes, C. (2015) The impact of local campaigns against wind energy developments. Environmental Politics. ISSN 0964-4016.

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Abstract

Many scholars have emphasised community resistance to locally sited wind energy schemes in their explanations of wind power planning outcomes and deployment rates, while others have questioned the impact of local objectors. To illuminate ways in which local protestors attempt to influence decisions over the siting of wind turbines, and the efficacy of their efforts, four cases of anti-windfarm protest in England are compared. Local protestors employ community mobilisation and direct argumentation in attempting to influence local authority decision making. At this level, mobilisation is effective, not only bringing political pressure to bear on elected decision makers, but also helping local groups to raise money to hire experts and professional advocates. At public inquiries, protestors have some influence through the supporting role they play to more significant objectors, notably local authorities, but may also influence outcomes through informal contacts preceding public inquiries.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Matthew Ogilvie
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 14:36
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2015 14:36
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13614

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