A critical and empirical analysis of the national-local ‘gap’in public responses to large-scale energy infrastructures
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
A national-local ‘gap’ is often used as the starting point for analyses of public responses to large scale energy infrastructures. We critique three assumptions found in that literature: the public's positive attitudes, without further examining other type of perceptions at a national level; that local perceptions are best examined through a siting rather than place-based approach; that a gap exists between national and local responses, despite a non-correspondence in how these are examined. Survey research conducted at national and local levels about electricity transmission lines in the UK confirm these criticisms. Results do not support a gap between national and local levels; instead, both differences and similarities were found. Results show the value of adopting a place-based approach and the role of surveys to inform policy making are discussed.
This research was supported by the Research Council of Norway (SusGrid Grant No. 207774) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (FlexNet: EP/EO4011X/1). The authors would also like to acknowledge the beneficial comments and advice of their colleagues at the Environment and Sustainability Research Group, Geography, University of Exeter, regarding previous versions of this paper, as well as the helpful comments of the three anonymous reviewers that commented on it. Thanks are also due to colleagues from the SusGrid project, specifically Audun Ruud and Oystein Aas, and the participants in the research, for their contributions to this paper.
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Vol. 58, pp.1076-1095