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Title: Opinion Clusters in Academic and Public Debates on Growth-vs-Environment
Authors: Drews, S.
Savin, I.
van den Bergh, J. C. J. M.
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Citation: Drews S. Opinion Clusters in Academic and Public Debates on Growth-vs-Environment / S. Drews, I. Savin, J. C. J. M. van den Bergh. — DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.11.012 // Ecological Economics. — 2019. — Vol. 157. — P. 141-155.
Abstract: The debate about the relationship between economic growth and environmental sustainability involves many dimensions as well as much diversity in terminology. While it is often summarized in terms of dichotomous pro- and anti-growth positions, several studies indicate that additional views exist, and that these may differ between experts and the general public. The objective of this paper is to identify and analyze segments of the scientific and general population with distinct views in this respect. To this end, we bring together two data sets: one from a nationally representative survey of the general public of Spain (N = 1004) and another from an international survey of researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds (N = 814). Using latent class analysis, we identify three similar segments in the two samples, labeled as Green growth, Agrowth and Degrowth. Overall, clusters are more consistent, better distinguishable on all constituent dimensions and more polarized in the scientific than public opinion survey. In addition, we find that diverging views on social issues are more strongly associated with distinct clusters in the public opinion sample, and on environmental issues in the scientific opinion sample. © 2018
Keywords: CLUSTERING
GROWTH-VS-ENVIRONMENT DEBATE
PUBLIC OPINION
SCIENTIFIC OPINION
SEGMENTATION
CLUSTER ANALYSIS
ECONOMIC GROWTH
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE
PERCEPTION
SURVEY METHOD
SUSTAINABILITY
TERMINOLOGY
SPAIN
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10995/101907
Access: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
SCOPUS ID: 85057112115
PURE ID: 8319094
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ISSN: 9218009
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.11.012
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