Bad News Is Bad News: Information Effects and Citizens’ Socio-Political Acceptance of New Technologies of Elec-tricity Transmission

Stadelmann, Isabelle (2019). Bad News Is Bad News: Information Effects and Citizens’ Socio-Political Acceptance of New Technologies of Elec-tricity Transmission. Land use policy, 81, pp. 531-545. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.11.022

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This contribution focuses on citizens’ attitudes towards new technologies in electricity trans-mission and asks how information provision affects citizens’ attitudes towards different tech-nological solutions. It is thereby assumed that the relevance of information is contingent on whether a technology is new or established, as well as on how the information is framed. Elec-tricity transmission is linked to the transition of energy systems from fossil and nuclear to re-newable sources. The analyses therefore contribute to the ongoing debate on how to success-fully implement new technical solutions in renewable energy policy. Methodologically, the pa-per uses novel data from a large-scale population survey conducted in Switzerland and tests information effects based on an experimental split ballot design. The results reveal that whereas public opinion on conventional technologies is rather stable, citizens react strongly to infor-mation on new technical solutions. This is particularly the case if the information emphasizes negative aspects and uncertainties of the new technologies. Moreover, such negative infor-mation can barely be compensated by simultaneous positive information.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Stadelmann, Isabelle


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science




Elsevier Science


[952] Akzeptanz erneuerbarer Energie Official URL




Isabelle Stadelmann

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14 May 2018 14:46

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05 Dec 2022 15:12

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