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Do global climate summits influence public awareness and policy preferences concerning climate change?

Bakaki, Zorzeta and Bernauer, Thomas (2017) 'Do global climate summits influence public awareness and policy preferences concerning climate change?' Environmental Politics, 26 (1). 1 - 26. ISSN 0964-4016

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Abstract

A survey-embedded experiment implemented around the time of the 2014 annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (N ≈ 1200) examined whether such summits are able to increase citizens’ awareness of climate problems. This study finds that exposure to positive or negative cues about the COP increases climate change awareness, particularly among participants who start out with a low level of awareness. Neither positive nor negative cues about the COP significantly affect people’s policy preferences. Our finding resonates with Bernard Cohen’s observation that the mass media may not often be successful in telling people what to think, but they are successful in telling readers what to think about.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Zorzeta Bakaki
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 15:51
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2018 10:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17736

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