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Should we trust in values?: Explaining public support for pro-environmental taxes
Göteborgs universitet.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5491-8819
2013 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 210-227Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper we are concerned with what explains public acceptance and support of environmental taxes. We examine findings in environmental psychology emphasizing that people’s (environmental) value-orientation is the dominant driver determining individuals’ support for pro-environmental policy instruments. We introduce a complementary model, mainly drawing upon findings in political science, suggesting that people’s support for policy instruments is dependent on their level of political trust and their trust in other citizens. More specifically, we analyze whether political trust and inter-personal trust affect individuals’ support for an increased carbon dioxide tax in Sweden, while checking their value orientation, self-interest, and various socio-economic values. We make use of survey data obtained from a mail questionnaire sent out to a random sample of 3,000 individuals in 2009. We find that apart from people’s values, beliefs, and norms, both political trust and interpersonal trust have significant effects on people's attitudes toward an increased tax on carbon dioxide.

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2013. Vol. 5, no 1, p. 210-227
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-10581DOI: 10.3390/su5010210ISI: 000324044300013Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84882972968Local ID: 9673787a-d594-458f-a856-f39e8c3b4c97OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-10581DiVA, id: diva2:983526
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Validerad; 2013; 20130117 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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