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People’s choice of diet is strongly linked to culture and identity and we can therefore not expect meat consumption to decrease through voluntary efforts.
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A tax on meat? Is it politically feasible?

Research project
Active research
Project size
2 987 949
Project owner
Centre for Collective Action Research, Department of Political Science

Short description

The consumption of animal products (meat and dairy) is not considered compatible with environmental objectives. People’s choice of diet is strongly linked to culture and identity and we can therefore not expect meat consumption to decrease through voluntary efforts, which increases the demand for political solution. However, we know that state intervention in the for of, for example, CO2 taxes, faces strong resistance in many contexts. In this project, we focus on environmental policy instruments in the food sector, which today is an almost unexplored field.

More specifically we study how countries’ food culture and level of corruption affect the acceptance of environmental policy instruments in the food sector. The overall goal of the project is to investigate and understand the interaction between context and individual factors for acceptance.

Researchers

Contact: Niklas Harring

Niklas Harring; Sverker C Jagers, Thomas Sterner
Simon Matti (Luleå University of Technology)

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