Small-Hydro Development and Public Decisionmaking

by Dennis L. Soden, Appalachian State Univ, Boone, NC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


This paper is based on a larger study (Soden, 1985), and employs concepts distilled from public choice theory - an increasingly well-accepted approach to the study of public policy and political issues. These concepts have been used to consider the political behavior which has affected small-scale hydroelectric development at Little Palouse Falls in eastern Washington and the Elk Creek Falls in northern Idaho. A summary of the strategies of the actors which have been actively involved in both case studies can serve as a good starting point. From this a sense of the political dynamics which exist relative to the small-scale hydroelectric issue area in both cases can be obtained, and the conclusions presented can be viewed in the context of the case studies.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Decision making | Hydro power | Public policy | Power plants | Rivers and streams | Political factors | Human factors | United States | Idaho | Washington

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