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Sustainability 2016, 8(8), 711; doi:10.3390/su8080711

Rurality and Collective Attitude Effects on Wolf Policy

Department of Political Science, Umeå University, Umeå 901 87, Sweden
Academic Editor: Helmut Haberl
Received: 27 February 2016 / Revised: 19 July 2016 / Accepted: 20 July 2016 / Published: 26 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Social Ecology and Sustainability)
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Abstract

Debates over wolf policy are driven by an underlying attitudinal divide between people from urban and rural areas. This study explores how the power relationship between urban and rural groups interact with individual attitude formation in relation to wolf policy, in order to understand why dissatisfaction with wolf policy tends to result in group level conflict patterns. Using Swedish survey data, I analyze attitudes to wolf policy, in relation to collective level effects and rural political alienation. Findings indicate that individual level attitudes towards the Swedish wolf policy are in part determined by collective attitude patterns: effects that could be contingent on political alienation. This highlights the possibility of reducing attitude polarization with respect to the wolf policy, by addressing political alienation among the rural population. View Full-Text
Keywords: wolf; rural-urban divide; political alienation; rurality; conservation policy; collective attitude effects wolf; rural-urban divide; political alienation; rurality; conservation policy; collective attitude effects
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Eriksson, M. Rurality and Collective Attitude Effects on Wolf Policy. Sustainability 2016, 8, 711.

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