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ERIC Number: EJ963317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 80
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
"Just Plain Murder": Public Debate and Corporate Diplomacy in Donora's Fight for Clean Air
Schroeder, Gabe
History Teacher, v45 n1 p93-116 Nov 2011
One modern definition of "corporate diplomacy" states "executives engage in the private sector version of international diplomacy... advancing their objectives through interactions with the leaders of other corporations, governments, analysts, the media and interest groups." The smog in Donora, Pennsylvania, brought the previously ignored issue of air pollution into the public spotlight and pitted environmentalists against industrialists, scientists against economists, and ordinary citizens against policymakers. The tragedy of Donora illustrates the medical, environmental, and economic consequences of the clash between public debate and corporate diplomacy in the fight for clean air. In this article, the author discusses the public debate and corporate diplomacy that clashed over air pollution--not just in regard to health issues, but also concerning the environment at large. (Contains 97 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania