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hosting disposal facilities for low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) refused to
accept additional shipments. The resulting shortage of disposal sites for wastes
spurred Congress to devolve responsibility for establishing new, geographically
diffuse LLRW disposal sites to states and regional compacts, with siting authorities
often employing socio-economic and political data to target communities that would
give little resistance to their plans.
The communities, however, were far from compliant, organizing nearly 1000
opposition events that ended up blocking the implementation of any new disposal
sites. Sherman provides comprehensive coverage of this opposition, testing
hypotheses regarding movement mobilization and opposition strategy by analyzing
the frequency and disruptive qualities of activism. In the process, he bridges
applied policy questions about hazardous waste disposal with broader questions
about the dynamics of social movements and the intergovernmental politics of
policy implementation. The issues raised in this book are sure to be renewed as
interest grows in nuclear power and the disposal of the resulting waste remains
"This well-written book is not only an important contribution to our understanding of nuclear waste disposal, but also to
the broader issues of public participation and collective action in our federal system."
"Daniel Sherman has provided us with the best analysis of consequences stemming from government by delegation and
devolution. He shows how local social movements are like balloons pumped quickly to the intensity of bursting by threat
and opportunity, capable of thwarting the policy goals of national, state, and regional authorities."
-- Theodore J. Lowi, John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions, Cornell University.
"Sherman breaks new ground in his exceptional book on local conflict over the disposal of low-level radioactive waste.
The convention in social movement studies has been to try to understand the dynamics of mobilization by focusing only
on those exceedingly rare cases in which sustained movements actually develop. Believing that we are as likely to learn
as much from failures as successes, Sherman seeks to explain variation in mobilization. But that’s not all. He is also
interested in understanding variation in the tactics opponents employ and what effects varying levels of mobilization and
different tactics have on the fate of proposed projects. This is inspired, original scholarship that promises to move the
field forward in important ways."
-- Doug McAdam, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University.