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Political divisions over climate change and environmental issues in Australia


Tranter, B, Political divisions over climate change and environmental issues in Australia, Environmental Politics, 20, (1) pp. 78-96. ISSN 0964-4016 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Willingness to pay to address environmental problems is influenced by partisanship in Australia. Ceteris paribus, the support base of environmental concerns is generally much stronger among Labor and Green supporters, postmaterialists, those who engage in eastern spiritual practices and professionals. Women are more likely than men to favour environmental protection over economic growth, to pay extra tax to protect the environment and to believe global warming will pose a serious threat during their lifetime. Support for renewable energy is stronger amongyounger Australians, suggesting demand may increase with generational replacement. Political leaders influence public concerns over global warming and other environmental issues across the partisan divide, yet while political elites remain divided over the implications of climatic change, the shift in public opinion and behaviour necessary to avert such problems is unlikely to occur. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Green; environmental movement; political leaders; climate change; global warming
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental sociology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Tranter, B (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:68005
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:107
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2011-03-09
Last Modified:2014-11-09
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