Not Here, Not There, Not Anywhere

➢ Book Description from the Publisher (buy a copy)

                In 1979, provoked by the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, governors of states 

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


➢ Q & A on the Radioactive Waste Issue & This Book
➢ Reviews

"Daniel Sherman’s book asks: ‘What determines the collective mobilization of local opposition to the siting of nuclear waste facilities?’ ’Why do different locales use different collective tactics of opposition?’ ’And what effects do varying levels of mobilization and varying tactics have on the implementation for these policies?’ 

Arrived at through a persuasive combination of statistical and case study methods, Sherman’s answers to these questions

hinge on the political contexts of the sites chosen and on the responses of local officials.

In the inevitable clash between technological imperatives and local interests, neither policy-makers nor

environmentalists can afford to ignore the lessons of this book."

-- Sidney Tarrow, Maxwell Upson Professor of Government and Sociology, Cornell University.

"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."

-- Robert Duffy, Professor of Political Science, Colorado State University.

"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.