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Nicholas S. Hopkins, Sohair R. Mehanna, and Salah el-Haggar

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9789774245725

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774245725.001.0001

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The Politics of Environmental Action

The Politics of Environmental Action

(p.118) 7 The Politics of Environmental Action
People and Pollution

Nicholas S. Hopkins

Sohair R. Mehanna

Salah El-Haggar

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter is devoted to identifying the forms of action that people in the sample areas considered or undertook to improve their environmental conditions. Since many people felt that the most significant actions could be taken only by the public authority, this chapter starts with feelings about government responsibility, asking what people perceive the government to have done, and what it can be expected to do. It then turns to the feelings that people have about cooperating with their neighbors, and dealing with neighbors whose behavior is bothersome to them. Finally, it presents material relating to three forms of political action: complaining to the authorities, contacting authorities to persuade them to carry out a course of action, and lastly voting as a way of putting pressure on elected officials to endorse certain policies. People are also aware of the possibility of direct action or of lawsuits.

Keywords:   environmental conditions, public authority, government responsibility, political action, lawsuits

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