Global citizen deliberation: Case of world-wide views on climate and energy

Netra Chhetri, Rajiv Ghimire, Melissa Wagner, Meng Wang

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Abstract

As the global environmental issues are increasingly coordinated through international negotiations, new methods are needed to engage citizens worldwide in the policy-making processes. In this paper, through quantitative analysis of the data from World Wide Views, we draw insight about the citizens' views on issues of climate and energy. We employed bivariate and multivariate statistical analysis to identify significance associated with public views on climate and energy. In bivariate analysis, we used non-parametric statistical tests. Logistic regression was also employed to identify association with specific variables. The results from nonparametric tests by country and country groups show statistically significant associations with citizen's views on curbing GHG emissions through renewable energy, carbon pricing, and devising policies to address climate change. The national contexts also contributed to directing citizens' views with respect to their attitudes and proposed action on climate and energy. More than any other variables, country and country group showed significant relation with public views, highlighting the complexity of global deliberative forums in issues related that transcend international boundaries. Despite common agreement toward a globally binding goal of zero emissions in the Paris agreement, we also found variation at the country level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111892
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume147
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Citizen deliberation
  • Climate and energy
  • Climate policy
  • WWViews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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