Environmental Policy Attitudes: Issues, Geographical Scale, and Political Trust
AbstractObjectives. This article examines environmental policy attitudes, focusing on the differences in preferences across issue type (i.e., pollution, resource preservation) and geographical scale (i.e., local, national, global). In addition, we study whether an individuals trust in government influences environmental policy attitudes. Methods. Analyzing data from the 2007 Cooperative Congressional Election Study, we estimate a series of OLS regression models to examine the publics environmental policy attitudes. Results. We find stronger public support for government action to address pollution issues than resources issues, and stronger support for local and national pollution abatement than dealing with global problems. We also find that Republicans and ideological conservatives are less likely to support further government effort to address the environment, and that more trusting individuals are more favorable to government action to address pollution and global issues. Conclusion. Environmental policy attitudes vary by the nature of the issue; however, political ideology and partisan affiliation are consistent predictors of preferences across issues, even when controlling for an individuals level of trust in government.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, University of Missouri in its series Working Papers with number 0811.
Length: 20 pgs.
Date of creation: 17 Oct 2008
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Publication status: forthcoming in Social Science Quarterly
Environment; NIMBY; Public Opinion; Political Economy;
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- David M. Konisky & Jeffrey Milyo & Lilliard E. Richardson, 2008. "Environmental Policy Attitudes: Issues, Geographical Scale, and Political Trust," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 89(5), pages 1066-1085.
- Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
- H1 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government
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- NEP-ALL-2008-10-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENE-2008-10-28 (Energy Economics)
- NEP-ENV-2008-10-28 (Environmental Economics)
- NEP-POL-2008-10-28 (Positive Political Economics)
- NEP-RES-2008-10-28 (Resource Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2008-10-28 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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