Political and Social Foundations for Environmental Sustainability

Political Research Quarterly. 62(1):190-204.

Posted: 8 Feb 2006 Last revised: 20 Jan 2015

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Andrew B. Whitford

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Karen Wong

University of Georgia

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This essay quantitatively investigates several possible foundations for environmental sustainability, as measured across countries with varying geography, development patterns, social customs, and political arrangements. We first test two central hypotheses about the roles of democratization and federalism. We find little evidence for variation in sustainability levels given variation in either democratization or federalism. However, we find that the effects of environmental interests, development paths, and religious orientations vary across our three measures of sustainability.

Keywords: Sustainability, federalism, democracy, economic development, religion, environmental policy

JEL Classification: O1, Q00, H77, H11

Suggested Citation

Whitford, Andrew B. and Wong, Karen, Political and Social Foundations for Environmental Sustainability (2009). Political Research Quarterly. 62(1):190-204., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=881756 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.881756

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Karen Wong

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602
United States

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