Title

Legitimation conflicts: The politics of hazardous waste siting law.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Rebecca (Johns) Krishnaswami

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1990

Date Issued

January 1990

Date Available

July 2014

ISSN

0272-3638

Abstract

The meaning of law resides not in the statute but in its interpreter. The mode of interpretation used by a particular agency of the state in a particular instance varies from interpretation based on abstract principles to interpretation guided by local contingency. These modes of interpretation are associated with conflicting and mutually exclusive forms of state legitimation. Law and regulation as written, adjudicated, and implemented provide a text that can be read as an indicator of how, and in whose favor, the conflicting legitimation needs of different levels of government have been resolved in particular instances. We illustrate this conceptualization of law with regard to federal-state-local conflict over hazardous waste facility siting. The particular form that hazardous waste law takes in particular places represents the political resolution of conflict among different agencies of the state responding to competing sources of legitimation.

Comments

Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Urban Geography, 11(5), 488-508. DOI: 10.2747/0272-3638.11.5.488

Language

en_US

Publisher

Taylor & Francis, Inc.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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