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Paying for environmental protection in a cross-national perspective


Ivanova, G and Tranter, BK, Paying for environmental protection in a cross-national perspective, Australian Journal of Political Science, 43, (2) pp. 169-188. ISSN 1036-1146 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10361140802035705


The threat of global warming has attracted considerable attention from policy makers around the world. We analyse public support for environmental protection and the main drivers of support in Australia and cross-nationally using survey data from the International Social Survey and the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes. Support is measured as a series of trade-off questions based on willingness to pay extra taxes or prices, or accept cuts to one's standard of living to protect the environment. Willingness to pay more for environmental protection has decreased across a range of countries from 1993 to 2000 with the 'routinisation' of 'the environment' as a political issue. Risk perceptions regarding the dangers of global warming, having a tertiary education and holding post-materialist value orientations all increase the willingness to pay for environmental protection. In Australia, environmental support is still divided along partisan lines and global warming was as an important issue in the 2007 federal election.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental sociology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Tranter, BK (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:55063
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2009-03-04
Last Modified:2015-02-24
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