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Environmental Protest in Western Europe$
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Christopher Rootes

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199252068.001.0001

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Environmental Protest in Western Europe

Manuel Jiménez

Oxford University Press

The recent evolution of environmental protest in Spain is considered against the background of the consolidation of the environmental movement and the institutionalization of an environmental policy domain. The chapter analyses environmental protest events reported in El País between 1988 and 1997. The first section introduces the protest event data, briefly outlines the characteristics of the source and the problems of selection bias confronted by media event analysis, and comments on the evolution over time of the level of protest and volume of participants. The second section deals with the issues that have proved most conflictual during these 10 years, while the third focuses on the main features of the political repertoire of protesters and the scenarios of conflicts. In the final section, the actors are introduced into the analysis, and special attention is paid to the main characteristics of the organizational network of protests, and the features of the leading environmental movement organizations.

Keywords:   environmental movement, environmental organizations, environmental policy, environmental protest, movement networks, political opportunities, protest event analysis, Spain, water policy

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