Sustaining interest: are green values converting to votes?

Roger Patulny*, Kate Norris

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Sustainability is fashionable and becoming more important to the general policy discourse on protecting the environment. However, despite the government’s adoption of a National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development some 12 years ago, Australia’s performance on crucial items such as emissions of carbon dioxide equivalents remains poor. Arguably then, for the environmental cause to be advanced substantially, not only must people’s attitudes toward protecting the environment change, but also their voting intentions so as to send a signal to the major political parties. This paper presents internationally comparative research using data from the most recent waves of the World Values Survey. Changes in preferences associated with support for the environment are contrasted against changes in intentions to vote for Green political parties. Results indicate the strength and direction of the Green movement, and highlight gaps in the conversion of environmental values into votes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-309
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Environment, Workplace and Employment
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • environmental performance
  • OECD
  • environmental policy
  • sustainability
  • green values
  • environmental values
  • voting
  • sustainable development
  • green parties
  • green movement
  • political parties


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