Dieter Rucht and Jochen Roose

in Environmental Protest in Western Europe

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780199252060
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601064 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics


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The incidence of environmental protest in Germany and Berlin is examined by means of an analysis of all the environmental protest events reported in die Tageszeitung during the years 1988–97. Although nationally reported protest declined in the early 1990s, it rebounded strongly in the mid‐1990s and became relatively more confrontational than previously. Strikingly, over half of all environmental protests were associated with nuclear energy, and the revival of protest is principally associated with the controversy over the transportation of nuclear waste. The broad picture of stability of protest over the decade is explained by the solid organizational infrastructure for protest provided by supposedly institutionalized environmental associations. German unification apart, the continuity of political structures and of environmental and nuclear policies during the decade also tended to produce continuity in the issues and incidence of protest.

Keywords: confrontation; environmental movement organizations; environmentalism; German unification; Green party; institutionalization; nuclear energy; political opportunities; protest; violence

Chapter.  11747 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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