Espeland, “Bureaucrats and Indians in a Contemporary Colonial Encounter”

Espeland, “Bureaucrats and Indians in a Contemporary Colonial Encounter”Law & Social Inquiry. 03/2001; 26(2):403 – 433. DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-4469.2001.tb00183.x

ABSTRACT: This article investigates the effects of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 ,in structuring an encounter over a decision about building a dam in central Arizona. From the vantage point of three groups with deep investments in the outcome of this decision, it analyzes how the interests and identities of these parties were transformed as a result of this encounter. In defining standing and the terms of relevance, in providing a political forum, and in requiring these groups to explain themselves to others, this law powerfully mediated the politics surrounding this controversial decision.

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