Environmentalism and elitism: a conceptual and empirical analysis

  title={Environmentalism and elitism: a conceptual and empirical analysis},
  author={Denton E. Morrison and Riley E. Dunlap},
  journal={Environmental Management},
The frequent charge that environmentalism is “elitist” is examined conceptually and empirically. First, the concept of elitism is analyzed by distinguishing between three types of accusations made against the environmental movement: (a)compositional elitism suggests that environmentalists are drawn from privileged socioeconomic strata, (b)ideological elitism suggests that environmental reforms are a subterfuge for distributing benefits to environmentalists and/or costs to others, and (c)impact… 
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Populism and Environmental Performance
  • T. Böhmelt
  • Political Science
    Global Environmental Politics
  • 2021
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