Participation in Environmental Organizations

By Benno Torgler, Maria A. Garcia-Valiñas, Alison Macintyre

© 2011 – Routledge

256 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

For decades, social scientists have searched for factors that shape pro-environmental

behaviour. However, only a few studies have investigated the causes and

consequences of participation in environmental organizations. This book fills the gap by analysing in detail the determinants of environmental participation and its consequences in different parts of the world.

Benno Torgler, María A. García-Valinas and Alison Macintyre seek the answer to several questions regarding who is working towards positive outcomes for our environment, what sort of social and institutional context will assist voluntary participation, what sort of attitudes are related to positive environmental behavior, and which countries are active on the intergovernmental stage. By focusing on voluntary participation in environmental organizations, we are able to determine the level of willingness to work towards a solution for environmental problems. This allows an insight into the motivations and attitudes of individuals and nations and how these factors can affect environmental cooperation.

Participation in Environmental Organizations sheds light on who is liable to participate and will help to see whose priorities and values are forwarded through voluntary activities and to what extent voluntary participation can become representative. Thus, the book provides a unique examination of citizens’ willingness to participate in environmental organizations. The book will be of interest to Economics students and researchers alike who seek a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of environmental participation.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Social Capital and Institutions 3. Participation in Environmental Organization: What Matters? 4. Participation in Environmental Organizations: An Explorative Approach 5. The Determinants of Environmental Participation: An Empirical Analysis 6. Littering and Environmental Participation 7. Participation in Environmental Organizations: Environmental Motivation 8. Environmental Participation, Environmental Outcome and International Engagement: A Macroeconomic Perspective

About the Authors

Benno Torgler is Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Maria A.García-Valiñas is a Junior Researcher at Toulouse School of Economics, LERNA-INRA, France.

Alison Macintyre studied at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics

Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics was established in 2001 and has since provided a key port of call for leading research in the field. As well as the core discipline of environmental economics, the remit of the series extends to natural resources, ecological economics, environmental studies and environmental science, with issues explored including energy, permit trading, valuation, taxation and climate change. The series is edited by Nick Hanley of the University of St Andrews.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy