The Efficiency of Political Mechanisms for Siting Nuisance Facilities: Are Opponents More Likely to Participate than Supporters?


Journal Article

Public opposition often hinders the siting of nuisance and noxious facilities. However, there is often support for the siting plan within the community, especially when the facility will bring economic development or a compensation package funded by the company siting the facility. Why have opponents of these facilities been so effective compared to supporters? This article presents evidence that opponents of siting proposals are much more likely to vote or engage in other collective action, while supporters are more likely to remain passive and not take action to advance their position. The results suggest that political mechanisms for determining host communities for facilities such as town meetings or referenda may not accurately represent the preferences of the community and that opportunities for siting may be missed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mansfield, C; Van Houtven, G; Huber, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 2-3

Start / End Page

  • 141 - 161

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0895-5638

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/A:1007883228345

Citation Source

  • Scopus