Environmental Protest in Western Europe by Christopher Rootes

Environmental Protest in Western Europe

EditorChristopher Rootes

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The rise of environmentalism has been one of the more remarkable developments in the politics of western societies in recent decades. However, as environmental awareness has become more generalized, the forms of expression of environmental concern have changed. Established environmentalmovement organizations have become embedded in policy networks, but, in some countries, there has been a resurgence of environmental radicalism. New groups, adopting innovative tactics, have mounted spectacular and disruptive protests. These developments pose interesting questions for social scientists and policy-makers. Has the institutionalization of established environmental organizations demobilized their supporters and reduced them to a passive, credit-card waving 'conscience' constituency? Has direct participation inenvironmental protest become the specialized activity of smaller numbers of people? Has there been a decline in the total volume of environmental protest, or is it merely that the forms of protest have changed? Have the protest repertoires of established groups moderated over time, or have they beenstimulated by the emergence of more radical groups to adopt more challenging tactics? Has environmental protest become more confrontational? Do protests employ different repertoires of action according to the issues at stake? How does the incidence of protest vary over time and from one country toanother? Is there evidence of a Europeanization of either the issues or the forms of environmental protest? These are some of the questions this volume addresses. Based upon an analysis of the protest events reported in one quality newspaper in each of eight countries during a ten year period, this is the first systematically comparative study of environmental protest in a representative cross-section ofEU member states. It breaks entirely new ground in the study of environmental politics in Europe and is a major contribution to the study of protest events.

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Christopher Rootes is a Reader in Political Sociology and Environmental Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements, University of Kent at Canterbury.
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Title:Environmental Protest in Western EuropeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.77 inPublished:May 3, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Christopher Rootes: The Transformation of Environmental Activism: An Introduction2. Christopher Rootes: Britain3. Olivier Fillieule: France4. Dieter Rucht and Jochen Roose: Germany5. Maria Kousis: Greece6. Mario Diani and Francesca Forno: Italy7. Manuel Jimenez: Spain8. Inaki Barcena, Pedro Ibarra, Eunate Guarrotxena, and Jon Torre: The Basque Country9. Andrew Jamison and Magnus Ring: Sweden10. Christopher Rootes: Conclusion: Environmental Protest Transformed?Appendix A: The Methodology of Protest Event Analysis and the Media Politics of Reporting Environmental Protest Events by Olivier Fillieule and Manuel JimenezAppendix B: The TEA (Transformation of Environmental Activism) Project