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Collective action problems: Disentangling possible feedback loops between government policies and the public’s value-change
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electric Power Systems.
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Government and Economics, E-ISSN 2254-7088, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 24-46Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Solving collective action problems, such as poverty reduction or climate change, depends on interactions between governments' and voters' preferences regarding pro-social actions. This paper examines whether the overall direction of change in pro-social public policy precedes public value-change, rather than the other way around. We examine change in the public’s pro-social values in six European countries, as measured by the European Social Survey (ESS) during 2002-2012. In these countries, we conducted an expert survey to rate governmental policy that expresses these values over the same period, thereby examining value-change in governmental policy. The chronological comparison of value-change of the public with that of respective governments suggests that changes in pro-social government policies may drive public value-change rather than vice versa. This complements previous studies focused on the opinion-policy connection. Possible political implications are discussed. The promising findings of this initial study point to the importance of conducting larger-scale future studies. 

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University of Coruna, Faculty of Economics and Business , 2014. Vol. 3, no 1, p. 24-46
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Democracy, Policy feedback, Values
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-281839DOI: 10.17979/ejge.2014.3.1.4295Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84957703990OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-281839DiVA, id: diva2:1471925
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