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

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  • Joachim Schleich

    () (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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  • Joachim Schleich & Elisabeth Dütschke & Claudia Schwirplies & Andreas Ziegler, 2014. "Citizens’ perceptions of justice in international climate policy – An empirical analysis," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201410, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
  • Handle: RePEc:mar:magkse:201410
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    1. Claudia Schwirplies & Andreas Ziegler, 2015. "Offset carbon emissions or pay a price premium for avoiding them? A cross-country analysis of motives for climate protection activities," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201504, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
    2. Joachim Schleich & Claudia Schwirplies & Andreas Ziegler, 2014. "Private provision of public goods: Do individual climate protection efforts depend on perceptions of climate policy?," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201453, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
    3. Kahmann, Birte & Stumpf, Klara Helene & Baumgärtner, Stefan, 2015. "Notions of justice held by stakeholders of the Newfoundland fishery," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 37-50.
    4. Elke D. Groh & Andreas Ziegler, 2017. "On self-interested preferences for burden sharing rules: An econometric analysis for the costs of energy policy measures," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201754, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).

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    Keywords

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

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