Author: Hager, Carol
Publication Type: Article in Online Series Source: Social Science Research Council, 10/17/2017
Abstract: Contrary to the negative stereotypes associated with NIMBYism, this essay demonstrates how NIMBY protests can be beneficial components of participatory politics that result in social, political, and technological innovation. Contrasting case studies from Germany and the United States, Hager examines how, with varying degrees of success, local residents are able to resist unwanted development and environmental threats while imagining more progressive alternatives. In this light, NIMBY protests can be seen as initiating processes of community learning and innovation.