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Satisfaction with democracy and collective action problems: The case of the environment


Halla, Martin; Schneider, Friedrich G; Wagner, Alexander F (2013). Satisfaction with democracy and collective action problems: The case of the environment. Public Choice, 155(1-2):109-137.

Abstract

Whether a country is able effectively to address collective action problems is a critical test of its ability to fulfill the demands of its citizens to their satisfaction. We study one particularly important collective action problem: the environment. Using a large panel dataset covering 25 years for some countries, we find that, overall, citizens of European countries are more satisfied with the way democracy works in their country if (a) more environmental policies are in place and if (b) expenditures on the environment are higher, but environmental taxes are lower. The relation between environmental policy and life satisfaction is not as pronounced. The evidence for the effect of environmental quality on both satisfaction with democracy and life satisfaction is not very clear, although we find evidence that citizens value personal mobility (in terms of having a car) highly, but view the presence of trucks as unpleasant. We also document that parents, younger citizens, and those with high levels of educational attainment tend to care more about environmental issues than do non-parents, older citizens, and those with fewer years of schooling.

Abstract

Whether a country is able effectively to address collective action problems is a critical test of its ability to fulfill the demands of its citizens to their satisfaction. We study one particularly important collective action problem: the environment. Using a large panel dataset covering 25 years for some countries, we find that, overall, citizens of European countries are more satisfied with the way democracy works in their country if (a) more environmental policies are in place and if (b) expenditures on the environment are higher, but environmental taxes are lower. The relation between environmental policy and life satisfaction is not as pronounced. The evidence for the effect of environmental quality on both satisfaction with democracy and life satisfaction is not very clear, although we find evidence that citizens value personal mobility (in terms of having a car) highly, but view the presence of trucks as unpleasant. We also document that parents, younger citizens, and those with high levels of educational attainment tend to care more about environmental issues than do non-parents, older citizens, and those with fewer years of schooling.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:07 Feb 2012 13:50
Last Modified:25 Feb 2021 14:01
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0048-5829
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-011-9844-5
Official URL:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/55672/1/1413.pdf
Related URLs:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11127-011-9844-5 (Publisher)
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:3926

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