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Environmental management from left to right – on ideology, policy-specific beliefs and pro-environmental policy support.

Journal article
Authors Sverker C. Jagers
Niklas Harring
Simon Matti
Published in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume 61
Issue 1
Pages 86-104
ISSN 0964-0568
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 86-104
Language en
Keywords environmental policy, environmental policy support, ideology, environmental management
Subject categories Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


Due to growing environmental challenges, the demand for effective management through pro-environmental policy measures is increasing. The effectiveness is, however, largely determined by the degree to which the policy measures are supported by the actors affected by them. A consistent finding in the literature is that ideology (or subjective positioning on the left–right dimension) affects environmental policy support, with left-leaning individuals being more pro-environmental. A major caveat with previous research is that it seldom makes a distinction between different kinds of policies. Therefore, we are concerned with investigating how different ideological positions affect attitudes towards different forms of environmental protection. Using unique survey data, we show that ideology is related to conceptions about the fairness and effectiveness of different policy tools, which in turn steer preferences. In that sense, this paper makes the discussion on the effects of ideological position on pro-environmental policy support more nuanced.

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