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Political divisions over climate change and environmental issues in Australia

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

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Abstract

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 among younger 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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Green; environmental movement; political leaders; climate change; global warming
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Politics
Page Range: pp. 78-96
ISSN: 0964-4016
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2011.538167
Additional Information: The definitive published version is available online at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals
Date Deposited: 16 May 2011 05:48
Last Modified: 16 May 2011 05:48
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/10796
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