Environmental decision-making: the influence of policy

Dermont, Clau (2018). Environmental decision-making: the influence of policy. Environmental politics, 28(3), pp. 544-567. Routledge 10.1080/09644016.2018.1480258

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The success of technological development depends on citizens’ social acceptance, whereas several challenges related to the understanding of citizens’ reactions to renewable energy and its policies are identifiable. Most importantly, the gap between general attitudes toward the environment and specific voting behaviour regarding environment-friendly policy proposals calls for an explanation of how a policy’s design causes citizens who might otherwise support environmental measures to express opposition in direct democratic votes. Therefore, how policy design and policy information impact opinion formation is investigated. Salient aspects are identified and the different types of information or qualifications that may cause opposition are considered. This new approach reveals that citizens, in environmental decision-making, do indeed consider policy design and policy information, which they regard as conditions for support, and that the type of policy information matters since citizens do not consider all of the policy details when they make decisions.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Dermont, Clau

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0964-4016

Publisher:

Routledge

Funders:

[42] Schweizerischer Nationalfonds

Language:

English

Submitter:

Clau Dermont

Date Deposited:

04 Jun 2018 15:57

Last Modified:

01 Dec 2019 02:31

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/09644016.2018.1480258

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.116969

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/116969

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