‘Can’t we just tell them we don’t want it?’ NIMBYism and the democratic deficit
Hayes, Liz Millward (2011)


Successive governments have encouraged local participation and active citizenship as methods of addressing the ‘democratic deficit’. This paper reports on a campaign against ‘fracking’ (the use of hydraulic fracturing in shale gas extraction) in South Wales. It asks: has the campaign
addressed the democratic deficit, built community capacity and improved the quality of governmental decision making? The paper provides a partial answer to this question by exploring the experiences and perspectives of the participants and how their views changed in the light of their involvement
in the campaign.


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