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Citizens’ perceptions of justice in international climate policy – An empirical analysis

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  • Joachim Schleich

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    (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research)

  • Elisabeth Dütschke

    (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research)

  • Claudia Schwirplies

    (University of Kassel)

  • Andreas Ziegler

    (University of Kassel)

Abstract

Relying on a recent survey of more than 3300 participants from China, Germany and the US, this paper empirically analyzes citizens’ perceptions of climate change and climate policy, focusing on key guiding principles for sharing mitigation costs across countries. The ranking of the main principles for burden-sharing is identical in China, Germany and the US: accountability followed by capability, egalitarianism, and sover-eignty. Thus, on a general level, citizens across these countries seem to have a com-mon understanding of fairness. We therefore find no evidence that citizens’ (stated) fairness preferences are detrimental to future burden-sharing agreements. While there is heterogeneity in citizens’ perceptions of climate change and climate policy within and across countries, a substantial portion of citizens in all countries perceive a lack of transparency, fairness, and trust in international climate agreements.

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Paper provided by Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung) in its series MAGKS Papers on Economics with number 201410.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2014
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Handle: RePEc:mar:magkse:201410

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Keywords: Climate change policies; climate change; burden sharing; equity; justice; distributive justice;

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