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Explaining citizens’ perceptions of international climate-policy relevance

Joachim Schleich and Corinne Faure

Energy Policy, 2017, vol. 103, issue C, 62-71

Abstract: This paper empirically analyses the antecedents of citizens’ perceptions of the relevance of international climate policy. Its use of representative surveys in the USA, China and Germany controls for different environmental attitudes and socio-economic factors between countries. The findings of the micro-econometric analysis suggest that the perceived relevance of international climate policy is positively affected by its perceived effectiveness, approval of the key topics discussed at international climate conferences, and environmental attitudes, but is not affected by perceived procedural justice. A higher level of perceived trust in international climate policy was positively related to perceived relevance in the USA and in China, but not in Germany. Citizens who felt that they were well informed and that their position was represented at climate summits were more likely to perceive international climate policy as relevant in China in particular. Generally, the results show only weak evidence of socio-demographic effects.

Keywords: Climate policy; Climate change; Trust; Ordered logit model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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