Changing Political Fortunes?

  • Shi-Ling HsuEmail author


Cognitive biases and the reinforcement of these biases—inadvertent by pollsters, to some extent purposeful by politicians—have seemingly created a deep political pit from which carbon taxes will never emerge to see the light of day. Carbon taxes mean higher energy prices, and it is easy for anti-tax groups to tap into consumers’ fears and squeeze out other considerations.1 But although these biases are widespread, they are fragile and fixable. Misperceptions and errant decision-making processes can be corrected, and information can be supplied to help citizens evaluate different policy instruments.


Climate Policy Carbon Taxis Liberal Party Public Opinion Poll Hill Figure 
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© Shi-Ling Hsu 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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