Foreword: of bullets and churches.- 1: Hercules, Leviathan or Promotheus?- 2. Knowledge, competition, or dialogue? Institutional variations and their relation to discourse on facility siting.- 3. Hazardous decisions. The problems of hazardous waste, institutional responses and the ideas underlying them.- 4. The UK: Political control with the benefits of judicial authority?- 5. The Netherlands: participation through the court system.- 6. Canada: Community-based siting.- 7. Comparison of case studies. Institutions, discourses, actors, and decision quality in the nine cases.- 8. Summary and conclusion.- References.- Appendix 1: List of Interviewees.- Appendix 2: Explanation of case selection.- About the author.