Grassroots mobilisations against waste disposal sites in Greece

Iosif Botetzagias, John Karamichas

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The government of Greece has gained notoriety for its failure to implement EU environmental directives in general, and is criticised specifically for its lack of an effective plan for the safe disposal of waste. Local mobilisations against a series of planned 'Sanitary Waste Disposal Sites' (HETAs) in three municipalities of Attica are examined. Should such protests be classified as NIMBY (not in my backyard)? Or do they present broader claims of justice and equity? Qualitative analysis of the protesters' on-line campaign material reveals that while these mobilisations do demonstrate some NIMBY characteristics, such campaigns should rather be perceived as ad hoc mobilisations reflective of tensions of late modernity. The public's mistrust of science and concerns about democratic deficit and accountability, as well as different perceptions of risk, are prominent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-959
Number of pages21
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number6
Early online date11 Nov 2009
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009


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