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Attitudes towards the environment: are post-Communist societies (still) different?

Attitudes towards the environment: are post-Communist societies (still) different? The causal processes that shape the emergence of environmental attitudes in post-Communist Europe are examined. We describe the widening gap in environmental policy orientations between West and East, and then cite two factors to explain the lower support for environmentalism in this region: first, citizens still evaluate environmental issues through a distinctive ideological lens carried over from the Communist era; and, second, they do not connect environmental issues to other (more salient) economic and political questions in a consistent way. Using the three waves of the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) environmental module, these questions are explored with individual-level and multilevel models. It is concluded that the post-Communist effect is unlikely to disappear until environmental issues comprise a component of citizens’ ideological orientations and the programmes of political parties. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environmental Politics Taylor & Francis

Attitudes towards the environment: are post-Communist societies (still) different?

Environmental Politics , Volume 24 (4): 19 – Jul 4, 2015
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2015 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1743-8934
eISSN
0964-4016
DOI
10.1080/09644016.2015.1023575
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Abstract

The causal processes that shape the emergence of environmental attitudes in post-Communist Europe are examined. We describe the widening gap in environmental policy orientations between West and East, and then cite two factors to explain the lower support for environmentalism in this region: first, citizens still evaluate environmental issues through a distinctive ideological lens carried over from the Communist era; and, second, they do not connect environmental issues to other (more salient) economic and political questions in a consistent way. Using the three waves of the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) environmental module, these questions are explored with individual-level and multilevel models. It is concluded that the post-Communist effect is unlikely to disappear until environmental issues comprise a component of citizens’ ideological orientations and the programmes of political parties.

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Environmental PoliticsTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 4, 2015

Keywords: post-Communist societies; environmental attitudes; political culture; Europeanisation

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