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Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West

This book addresses the siting of controversial facilities such as nuclear power plants, dams, and airports with a specific focus on civil society's role in affecting where these projects are allowed to begin. Case studies from Japan, France, and the United States provide quantitative evidence supporting the claim that communities with weaker civil society are less likely to resist the building of such facilities. Therefore, they are more likely to be chosen as hosts by policymakers. It further examines the importance of strengthening local civil society and how doing so changes the dynamic between communities and public officials.

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