The politicisation of climate change attitudes in Europe

Fisher, Stephen D., Kenny, John, Poortinga, Wouter, Böhm, Gisela and Steg, Linda (2022) The politicisation of climate change attitudes in Europe. Electoral Studies, 79. ISSN 0261-3794

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Abstract

Do voters for different parties have distinct climate attitudes because of their positions on other issues? With European Social Survey (ESS) data, we find that in Western (but not Central and Eastern) Europe there is a linkage between left-right self-placement and climate attitudes that cannot be accounted for by economic egalitarianism or liberal cultural attitudes. That linkage partly but not fully accounts for why voters for different party families have different beliefs and worries about climate change. Green party voters are more climate conscious than other voters with similar left-wing identities and political values. Not only Populist-Right but also mainstream Conservative party-family voters are less worried about climate change than their left-right orientations and other political values suggest. While Western European countries nearly all follow the same pattern, there is no consistent structure in Central and Eastern European countries. Across Europe non-voters are less worried about climate change than voters.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/climate_action
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2022 10:30
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2022 00:23
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/86593
DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2022.102499

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