Power and Interest in Sustainability Transitions: Combining Behavioral Insights with Stakeholder Analysis

34 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2022

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Katharina Gangl

Institute for Advanced Studies

Marcel Seifert

Institute for Advanced Studies

Kira Abstiens

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Anna Walter

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Florian Spitzer

Institute for Advanced Studies

Erich Kirchler

University of Vienna - Faculty of Psychology; Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna

Sophie Karmasin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Christian Kimmich

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Despite the necessity to mitigate climate change, too little has been done to foster an effective sustainability transition. This paper examines the social and behavioral dynamics that inhibit or foster the transition. Combining the behavioral insights approach with a stakeholder analysis, 89 experts in sustainability transition were asked to assess power and interest of Austrian stakeholders regarding a transition and propose required target behaviors of selected stakeholders. Additionally, the experts and a representative sample of 1000 citizens ranked the most important inhibiting factors. The results suggest that specific stakeholders such as the Ministry of Finance, could greatly foster an effective transition by implementing an effective ecological tax reform. Nonetheless, lobbying and a related lack of political will as well as limited knowledge and awareness concerning the climate crisis might inhibit transition behaviors. Finally, behavioral interventions, particularly based on the low-cost hypothesis are discussed as an innovation to foster the transition.

Keywords: Behavioral insights approach, Power-interest analysis, Mind-behavior gap, Environmental low-cost hypothesis, Ecological tax reform, Lobbyism

Suggested Citation

Gangl, Katharina and Seifert, Marcel and Abstiens, Kira and Walter, Anna and Spitzer, Florian and Kirchler, Erich and Karmasin, Sophie and Kimmich, Christian, Power and Interest in Sustainability Transitions: Combining Behavioral Insights with Stakeholder Analysis. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4051661 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4051661

Katharina Gangl

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Marcel Seifert (Contact Author)

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Kira Abstiens

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Anna Walter

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Florian Spitzer

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Erich Kirchler

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Christian Kimmich

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