Elections and parties in environmental politics

  title={Elections and parties in environmental politics},
  author={Parrish Bergquist and Christopher Warshaw},
  journal={Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy},
The public influences government policy primarily through elections. Elections affect policy largely by determining which party controls the government. We show that a majority of the public supports policies to protect the environment. But the environment is rarely the most important issue for voters, and thus the environment usually does not have a large impact in elections. Moreover, there are increasingly large divisions between Democrats and Republicans, which incentivizes politicians from… 

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