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Individualism and collective responses to climate change

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posted on 2023-09-26, 10:38 authored by Trung V VuTrung V Vu

This article establishes empirically that a persistent culture of “rugged individualism”, captured by exposure to the American westward-moving frontier from 1790 to 1890, undermines pro-climate perceptions, environmental performance, and climate change preparedness across counties in the United States. It also demonstrates that individualism is associated with environmental underperformance at the state level, making it more difficult to mitigate the far-reaching consequences of changing climate conditions. To establish external validity of the subnational evidence, I employ a global sample of up to 97 countries and provide suggestive evidence that individualism creates barriers to climate change responses worldwide.

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School

  • Loughborough Business School

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Land Economics

Publisher

University of Wisconsin Press

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

Publisher statement

This is the author-formatted accepted manuscript (preprint). It is available on the publisher's website at https://doi.org/10.3368/le.100.2.121422-0103R1 for free ahead of publication. The definitive published version will be available on the journal website (April/May 2024), at https://le.uwpress.org/

Acceptance date

2023-07-29

Publication date

2023-09-25

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

0023-7639

eISSN

1543-8325

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Van Trung Vu. Deposit date: 31 July 2023

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