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Do cross-cutting discussions enhance pro-environmental attitudes? Testing green deliberative theory in practice

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Society and economy

Maria Nordbrandt Bergström, Ph.D Student at the Department of Political Science at Uppsala University, presents her article, published in Environmental Politics: Do cross-cutting discussions enhance pro-environmental attitudes? Testing green deliberative theory in practice.

Seminar
Date
4 Dec 2020
Time
12:00 - 13:00
Location
Zoom: https://gu-se.zoom.us/s/68772593183

Participants
Maria Nordbrandt Bergström, Ph.D Student at the Department of Political Science, Uppsala University
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Read the hole article here: https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2020.1787063
Organizer
CeCAR - Center for Collective Action Research

ABSTRACT

A central notion among green political theorists is that deliberative engagement enhances environmental values. Despite the centrality of this claim within green political theory, there is a lack of empirical research evaluating its promise outside formal deliberative forums. Here, an empirical large-N study is provided that tests whether everyday political discussion between individuals of different political orientations is positively associated with stronger pro-environmental attitudes in the US. The main finding is that individuals who engaged in this type of cross-cutting discussion reported significantly stronger pro-environmental attitudes compared to individuals who did not engage in this type of discussion. Moreover, the association remained positive for different clusters of individuals regardless of political engagement, party affiliation, or socio-demographics.