Acceptability of Environmental Policies in the Czech Republic: A Comparison with Willingness to Make Economic Sacrifices


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ENGLISH: Environmental policy, policy acceptability, environmental concern, environmental protection, trust, Czech Republic

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This study aims to identify factors which influence the acceptability of environmental policies and to examine policy acceptability in comparison to willingness to make economic sacrifices for environmental protection. Data for the Czech Republic from the International Social Survey Programme Environment module from 2010 are analysed using regression analysis. Environmental concern, preferences for the role of the state in environmental protection, and trust toward politicians have been identified as factors influencing policy acceptability. Although the declared acceptability of environmental policies in the Czech Republic is high, willingness to make economic sacrifices is low and is not related to acceptability. The results support the conclusion that the two indicators are measuring different concepts.


Abstract

This study aims to identify factors which influence the acceptability of environmental policies and to examine policy acceptability in comparison to willingness to make economic sacrifices for environmental protection. Data for the Czech Republic from the International Social Survey Programme Environment module from 2010 are analysed using regression analysis. Environmental concern, preferences for the role of the state in environmental protection, and trust toward politicians have been identified as factors influencing policy acceptability. Although the declared acceptability of environmental policies in the Czech Republic is high, willingness to make economic sacrifices is low and is not related to acceptability. The results support the conclusion that the two indicators are measuring different concepts.


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