What shapes public support for climate change mitigation policies? The role of descriptive social norms and elite cues

  title={What shapes public support for climate change mitigation policies? The role of descriptive social norms and elite cues},
  author={Adrian Rinscheid and Silvia Pianta and Elke U. Weber},
  journal={Behavioural Public Policy},
  pages={503 - 527}
Abstract What are the roles of bottom-up and top-down signals in the formation of climate change policy preferences? Using a large sample of American residents (n = 1520) and combining an experimental manipulation of descriptive social norms with two choice experiments, we investigate the effects of descriptive norms and policy endorsements by key political actors on climate policy support. We study these questions in two areas considered to be central in a number of decarbonization pathways… 

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