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Participation in Environmental Organizations: Political Interest and State Capacity

Benno Torgler and Maria A. Garcia-Valiñas
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: María A. García-Valiñas ()

CREMA Working Paper Series from Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA)

Abstract: The literature on volunteering has strongly increased in the last few years. However, there is still a lack of substantial empirical evidence about the determinants of environmental participation. This empirical study analyses a cross-section of individuals using micro-data of the World Values Survey wave III (1995-1997), covering 38 countries, to investigate this question. The results suggest that not only socio-demographic and socio-economic factors have an impact on individuals? active participation in environmental organizations, but also political attitudes. Furthermore, we observe regional differences. Interestingly, there is the tendency that environmental participation is a stronger channel for action in developing countries, where weak and dysfunctional states lead people to pursue their goals through non-governmental sector activities. We also find that a higher level of perceived corruption leads to a stronger participation in environmental organizations, which shows that individuals take action when they perceive that the government is corrupt.

Keywords: Environment; Environmental Participation; International Perspective; Political Interest; Social Capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 Q26 R22 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-env, nep-pol, nep-res and nep-soc
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