Infrastrukturproteste und Demokratieunterstützung. Die Demonstrationen gegen den Ausbau des Frankfurter Flughafens zwischen NIMBY- und Demokratieprotest

English title: Democratic support and protest against infrastructure projects. The demonstrations against the expansion of Frankfurt Airport between NIMBY- and democracy protest

Author(s): Eike-Christian Horning - Simon R. Bauer -

Language: German

Type: Journal article

Year: 2016


Political protests against large-scale infrastructure projects in Germany always give rise to the question whether they can be considered a symptom for general dissatisfaction with representative politics. Drawing from a unique and original dataset, we analyze general attitudes and democratic support of protesters against the expansion of the Frankfurt Main Airport. Results show that dissatisfaction with the functioning of democracy is one of the main drivers of intense and regular protest. The individual level of democratic support is determined by the perceived market-preference of politics and the subjective stress of aircraft noises, supporting the well-known “nimby”-hypothesis (“not in my backyard”). Thus, the conflict about the expansion of the Frankfurt airport cannot be dissolved with short-term measures around the airport. Rather, our results indicate evidence for a growing dissatisfaction with representative politics on a more general level.

Volume: 26

Issue: 2

From page no: 153

To page no: 172

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1007/S41358-016-0032-5

Journal: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft

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