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  • New Publication: A Meta-Analysis of Field-Experiments Using Social Norms to Promote Pro-Environmental Behaviors

    [13 Nov 2019] We conducted a meta-analysis on field-experiments using social norms to encourage pro-environmental behaviors.

  • New Publication: Fresh Pipes with Dirty Water: How Quality of Government Shapes the Provision of Public Goods in Democracies

    [30 Oct 2019] Abstract: A large strand of research holds that democracy with its broad representation and electoral accountability is beneficial for the provision of public goods. Yet, there is a large variation in how democracies perform, indicating that democratic institutions alone do not suffice for securing citizens¿ wellbeing. Recent studies have stressed the equal importance of state capacity for public goods delivery. These studies, however, rarely investigate how the lack of state capacity mutes the effects of democratic institutions on public goods provision. This article addresses this gap by using a mixed methods design. First, the conditional effects of democracy and quality of government (QoG) are tested on the previously under¿researched domain of the provision of clean water. The results show that democracy is associated with higher water quality only in countries where QoG is high. If QoG is low, more democracy is even related to lower water quality. The second stage of the analysis proceeds by examining how poor QoG disrupts the effects of democracy on public access to safe drinking water using interview data from a typical case of Moldova. The analysis illustrates that democracy has a number of positive effects and incentivises politicians to focus on the visible aspects of water provision, including the expansion of the water pipe network. However, low QoG hampers adoption and implementation of long¿term policies necessary for securing an aspect of water provision that is harder to achieve ¿ namely water quality. This leaves the fresh pipes with dirty water.

  • CeCAR at Swedish Ministry of Finance

    [17 Oct 2019] Over 60 researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from around the world attended a key climate change workshop organised by the World Bank, the Swedish Ministry of Finance, and the Climate Action Peer Exchange. The event, entitled "Workshop on Carbon Taxation", focused on improving the success of carbon taxes. These types of taxes are one of the major tools available to politicians attempting to reduce carbon emissions throughout the world.

  • New Podcast: Trusting the System with Malcolm Fairbrother and Niklas Harring

    [9 Oct 2019] Episode 1: Sociologist Malcolm Fairbrother (Professor, Umeå University) discusses his ongoing research with CeCAR political scientist Niklas Harring (Associate Professor, Gothenburg University) in our first CeCAR research podcast. This episode focuses on the complex nature of trust and the role it plays in our ongoing battle against climate change. The discussion also highlights some of the major challenges researchers, politicians and the public face when dealing with these crucial environmental issues - as well as offering some reasons to be optimistic about the future.

  • New Publication: On the Relationship between Pro-Environmental Behavior, Experienced Monetary Costs, and Psychological Gains

    [7 Oct 2019] Abstract: Drawing on the emerging scarcity, abundance, and sufficiency (SAS) framework, this study explores how various consumer behaviors with potential environmental impacts relate to subjective evaluations of psychological resources such as economic resources, time, social networks, and emotional support.

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