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Environmentalism in Australia: elites and the public


Tranter, BK, Environmentalism in Australia: elites and the public, Journal of Sociology, 35, (3) pp. 331-350. ISSN 0004-8690 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/144078339903500305


Political elites (federal candidates) from all parties in Australia exhibit more favourable attitudes toward the environment than voters. Nevertheless, the magnitude of these elite-public differences are declining over time as 'the environment' has become a mainstream political issue. The level of environmental activism among the political elite is on the rise, both within and across party boundaries, indicating an increasing acceptability of 'the environment' among politicians. On the other hand, there is some evidence of a decline in environmental group membership and a shift in the issue priorities of environmental groups, with members now increasingly supportive of 'green green' environmental issues. There is also tentative evidence to suggest that as a mobilising agent for activism 'the environment' is in decline, as environmental issues become 'routinised' and ensconced in mainstream political culture.1.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Tranter, BK (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:16420
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2000-05-12

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