The Green Marketplace: Applying a Model of Church and Sect to the Environmental Movement

33 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2015

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Feler Bose

Indiana University East, School of Business & Economics

Date Written: October 15, 2013

Abstract

The economics and sociology literature that deals with churches and sects provides a valuable framework when considering the social structure of environmental organizations. Iannaccone’s church-sect model provides an explanation of how rational individuals can join radical environmental groups, and why the characteristics of these radical groups are similar to sectarian religious groups. The evidence presented in this paper suggests that Iannaccone’s church and sect propositions hold not only for religious groups, but for secular (environmental) groups as well. This paper does not seek to prove whether environmentalism is a secular religion, but rather looks at the social structure of environmental groups.

Keywords: Church-sect model, rational choice, mainstream environmentalism, radical environmentalism, sect-like

JEL Classification: D11, Z10, Z12

Suggested Citation

Bose, Feler, The Green Marketplace: Applying a Model of Church and Sect to the Environmental Movement (October 15, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2556961 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2556961

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