Publicness, Privateness, and the Management of Pollution

Ethics, Policy and Environment 18 (1):79-95 (2015)
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Abstract

The way pollution is managed in Western countries is based on the preservation of the taboo character of waste, which is conceived to be privately produced and seen as a threat to public health. Public authorities have been given the responsibility to isolate waste and hide it from public eyes. However, this dominant approach is challenged by the emergence of new forms of pollution. New conceptual and policy frameworks to manage environmental degradation have to be developed. The prevailing institutional structures, however, obstruct the successful societal uptake of alternative frameworks

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