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 -
Type: Journal article
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.
From page no: 153
To page no: 172
Journal: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft