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Dissent, litigation, and investigation: hitting the powerful where it hurts


Salama, O and White, R, Dissent, litigation, and investigation: hitting the powerful where it hurts, Critical Criminology, 25, (4) pp. 523-537. ISSN 1205-8629 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10612-017-9370-y


Environmentally harmful activity undertaken by powerful corporations receive approvals from multiple levels of government, therefore leaving the wellbeing of the environment to those individuals and organisations committed to fighting against such corporate-driven, government-backed projects. This article discusses three avenues for challenging corporate interests, drawing upon issues and events in Australia. Dissent, as illustrated by the Gunns20 case, can provide ordinary individuals with a means to democratically debate existing practices, proposals, and even the law itself. Litigation, as seen in the Carmichael mining case, can be a valuable tool in postponing environmentally disastrous activities by challenging the government’s legitimacy in approving projects that would result in environmental harm. Investigation can expose the manipulation of information presented to the public by both governments and corporations. These three areas of engagement constitute important components for effective environmental activism.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dissent, litigation, investigation, environmental protest, green criminology
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Environmental politics
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Salama, O (Mrs Olivia Hasler)
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:121885
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-10-19
Last Modified:2018-04-19

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