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Attitudes to Climate Change in Some English Local Authorities: Varying Sense of Agency in Denial and Hope

  • Gill Westcott
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Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)

Abstract

Psychosocial research conducted in 2012–2014 showed that despite the pressures of austerity, local authorities in UK demonstrate deep differences in their action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas not solely connected to political complexion. The concepts of denial and dismissal are used to explore the scepticism and avoidance which inhibit the pursuit of practical initiatives. These concepts illuminate both individual processes and aspects of corporate culture. The study also investigates the felt lack of agency often quoted to explain limits on action (as with bystanders). Narratives about international action, meanings and sense of agency on climate change emerge as significant determinants of action. Central government regulatory and financial policy, crucial in overcoming well-known problems of collective action, also had significant impact.

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  • Gill Westcott
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  1. 1.Cheriton Bishop, ExeterUK

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