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Location, Location, Location: Selecting Sites For Controversial Facilities

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  • DANIEL P. ALDRICH

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    (Purdue University, Department of Political Science, Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education, 100 N. University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098, USA)

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    While a large literature exists on the siting of controversial facilities, few theories about spatial location have been tested on large samples. Using a new dataset from Japan, this paper demonstrates that state agencies choose localities judged weakest in local civil society as host communities for controversial projects. In some cases, powerful politicians deliberately seek to have facilities such as nuclear power plants, dams and airports placed in their home constituency. This paper then explores new territory: how demographic, political and civil society factors impact the outcomes of siting attempts. It finds that the strength of local civil society impacts the probability that a proposed project will come to fruition; the greater the concentration of local civil society, the less likely state-planned projects will be completed.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal The Singapore Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 53 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 01 ()
    Pages: 145-172

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:serxxx:v:53:y:2008:i:01:p:145-172

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    Keywords: Spatial location; controversial facilities; nuclear power plant; airport; dam; civil society; Japan; NIMBY;

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    1. Ando, Michihito, 2013. "Estimating the effects of nuclear power facilities on local income levels: A quasi-experimental approach," Working Paper Series, Uppsala University, Department of Economics 2013:3, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.

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