WS2: Public support for environmental policies

Published: 8 October 2018


Malcolm Fairbrother (Umeå University)
Sverker C. Jagers (University of Gothenburg)
Stefan Linde (Luleå University of Technology):

Many of the most pressing contemporary environmental issues can be viewed as problems of large-scale collective action. A collective action problem is normally described as a situation in which actors are motivated to do something because it is more beneficial than costly to them individually, but it is a problem because it is more costly than beneficial to society as a whole, generating a substantial risk that the collective benefit is not produced at all. Also, the larger the scale of the collective action problem, the less likely that any cooperation and/or coordination will take place voluntarily among the involved actors. This suggests the necessity of third-party involvement, e.g., by the state, through various policies and policy tools. Due to factors such as democratic anchoring (policy legitimacy) and compliance (efficiency, and effectiveness) policy support among the involved actors is essential to secure. This workshop invites papers from the social sciences focusing on all aspects of policy support, including the design of policy tools that meet the demand for legitimacy, efficiency and effectiveness and the identification of factors driving support in various policy fields relating to the environment. We especially invite studies with a cross-country comparative approach and also those moving outside the Swedish context.