Attitudes towards environmental and social policies compared – do welfare regimes matter?

Max Koch, Martin Fritz

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StatusPublished - 2013
EvenemangNordic Environmental Social Science Conference - Copenhagen, Danmark
Varaktighet: 2013 juni 14 → …


KonferensNordic Environmental Social Science Conference
Period2013/06/14 → …

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Abstract:Ecological challenges such as climate change suggest a qualitatively different environmental and welfare policy governance network, which, as Gough and Meadowcraft have argued, would need to integrate the redistribution of carbon emissions, work, time, income and wealth. Not only will social policies need to address the inequalities and conflicts that are likely to emerge in the transition towards a more sustainable socio-economic regulation, it will be increasingly necessary to formulate them in ways that synergy with environmental goals is achieved and that these are acceptable to the electorate. This paper deals with attitudes in EU member states to socio-ecological issues and climate change in particular, corresponding policy strategies and whether these attitudes vary among different welfare regimes. According to Dryzek et al social democratic welfare states are better placed to handle the intersection of social and environmental policies than more liberal market economies and welfare regimes. There is, however, a lack of research on whether these differences in the organisational capabilities of combining welfare with environmental policies are reflected in different attitudes / opinions. Are, for example, people who live in a country with a ‘social-democratic’ welfare tradition more prone to adjust their lifestyle to ecological needs than people living in ‘liberal’ countries? The paper is based on comparative empirical data from different sources, particularly the Eurobarometer and the ISSP.

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