A burning issue? Governance and anti-incinerator campaigns in Ireland, North and South
Leonard, Liam and Doran, Peter and Fagan, Honor (2009) A burning issue? Governance and anti-incinerator campaigns in Ireland, North and South. Environmental Politics, 18 (6). pp. 896-916. ISSN 0964-4016
The decades of conflict in Northern Ireland created divisions between communities, with few opportunities for cooperation. However, in the 1990s opposition to a proposed cross-border incinerator brought the divided communities together. The 1990s economic boom in the Republic of Ireland generated a waste management crisis as the by-products of rampant consumerism overwhelmed the state’s rudimentary waste disposal system. Three Irish anti-incinerator campaigns which have pitted local communities against the Irish state or the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment are examined. Community attempts to gain leverage within the political governance frameworks in operation on both sides of the border are examined and the various ways in which environmental movements respond to the crisis of waste management under different governance regimes are illuminated.
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