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Interests, Norms, and Support for the Provision of Global Public Goods: The Case of Climate Cooperation

Bechtel, MM and Genovese, F and Scheve, KF (2017) 'Interests, Norms, and Support for the Provision of Global Public Goods: The Case of Climate Cooperation.' British Journal of Political Science. ISSN 0007-1234

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Abstract

Mitigating climate change requires countries to provide a global public good. This means that the domestic cleavages underlying mass attitudes toward international climate policy are a central determinant of its provision. We argue that the industry-specific costs of emission abatement and internalized social norms help explain support for climate policy. To evaluate our predictions we develop novel measures of industry-specific interests by cross-referencing individuals? sectors of employment and objective industry-level pollution data and employ- ing quasi-behavioral measures of social norms in combination with both correlational and conjoint-experimental data. We find that individuals working in pollutive industries are 7 percentage points less likely to support climate cooperation than individuals employed in cleaner sectors. Our results also suggest that reciprocal and altruistic individuals are about 10 percentage points more supportive of global climate policy. These findings indicate that both interests and norms function as complementary explanations that improve our under- standing of individual policy preferences.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Federica Genovese
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2017 13:13
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19309

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