The Success and Failure of an Inconvenient Truth and the Stern Report in Influencing Australian Public Support for Greenhouse Policy

13 Pages Posted: 31 May 2011

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Mark Morrison

Charles Sturt University

Steve Hatfield-Dodds

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 2011

Abstract

Longitudinal surveys were used to identify the effect of increased media climate change reporting because of An Inconvenient Truth, the Stern Report and drought. Results suggest that this was a catalyst for decreased support for policy action at low and moderate cost levels, while support marginally increased at higher costs. Similar results were found for additional information presented within questionnaire suggesting less engaged respondents chose the status quo if information was too complex, while others found the information strengthened the case for action. This highlights tension between ensuring debate is well informed and the risk of disengagement from presenting complex information.

Keywords: Q54, D72, Q51, D83, M38, Q58

Suggested Citation

Morrison, Mark and Hatfield-Dodds, Steve, The Success and Failure of an Inconvenient Truth and the Stern Report in Influencing Australian Public Support for Greenhouse Policy (June 2011). Economic Record, Vol. 87, Issue 277, pp. 269-281, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1854170 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4932.2010.00706.x

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