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Chapter 6 The Democratic Deficit Frame

Community Campaigns for Sustainable Living: Health, Waste & Protest in Civil Society

ISBN: 978-1-78052-380-4, eISBN: 978-1-78052-381-1

ISSN: 2041-806X

Publication date: 25 October 2011

Abstract

By extending their campaign beyond its NIMBY and health risk frames, GSE were able to open up a third frame, which was established from the political opportunity of democratic deficit surrounding the state's response to their campaign. This democratic deficit frame had its inception in the state's initial omission of the health risks of incineration in the CWP. By exploiting this opportunity, GSE were able to establish their own credentials through their provision of interest-led science about the health risks. Another area of democratic deficit exploited by GSE was seen in the state's attempt to rush the CWP through without undergoing the proper public consultation process that was written in to regional waste plans. Furthermore, the state's removal of the councillor's powers to decide the waste issue contributed significantly to a local sense of democratic deficit.

Citation

Leonard, L. (2011), "Chapter 6 The Democratic Deficit Frame", Leonard, L. (Ed.) Community Campaigns for Sustainable Living: Health, Waste & Protest in Civil Society (Advances in Ecopolitics, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 141-161. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2041-806X(2011)0000007010

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