Acceptance through inclusion? Political and economic participation and the acceptance of local renewable energy projects in Switzerland

Stadelmann-Steffen, Isabelle; Dermont, Clau (2021). Acceptance through inclusion? Political and economic participation and the acceptance of local renewable energy projects in Switzerland. Energy research & social science, 71(101818), p. 101818. Elsevier 10.1016/j.erss.2020.101818

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In the wake of transitioning from fossil and nuclear energy systems to a renewable energy age, industrialized countries face many challenges related to the question of how to politically implement local renewable energy projects. In the present paper, we investigate if local populations are more likely to support local infrastructure projects if they are economically and politically involved in said projects. We collected data from a representative sample of 4,141 individuals in Switzerland and use conjoint analysis to examine citizens’ general preference patterns with regards to the design of localized renewable energy projects and related processes. The study goes beyond previous research by more systematically comparing the specific modes of political and economic participation and their effect on the acceptance of local renewable energy projects and by considering that political and economic participation may play a different role for different population groups. We find moderate positive effects of political and economic participation on individual support for RET projects. However, not all modes of inclusion are equally effective and the results reveal that individuals’ general propensity to support or oppose such projects moderates the relationship between political and economic participation and local acceptance.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Stadelmann, Isabelle

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

2214-6296

Publisher:

Elsevier

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Isabelle Stadelmann

Date Deposited:

05 Nov 2020 14:52

Last Modified:

15 Nov 2020 02:44

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.erss.2020.101818

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.147274

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/147274

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