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Environmental concern in global perspective: Exploring relations between core-periphery, vulnerability, environmental problems, post-materialism and environmental concern

Mutsaers, Jeroen LU (2015) HEKM50 20151
Human Ecology
Abstract
Objective: Within the literature there has not been a coherent answer to the question what influences environmental concern. Previous research have found partial explanations but have not looked at the underlying relations In this study I will look at the connection between (1) core-periphery, (2) vulnerability, (3) environmental problems and (4) post-materialism on (5) environmental concern. Including the underlying relationship between them. Method: Data is used from the World Values Survey, WorldRiskReport and Environmental Performance Index to calculate country averages. A factor analysis is used to validate the reliability of environmental concern. The correlations are tested between the five variables. Followed by a structural... (More)
Objective: Within the literature there has not been a coherent answer to the question what influences environmental concern. Previous research have found partial explanations but have not looked at the underlying relations In this study I will look at the connection between (1) core-periphery, (2) vulnerability, (3) environmental problems and (4) post-materialism on (5) environmental concern. Including the underlying relationship between them. Method: Data is used from the World Values Survey, WorldRiskReport and Environmental Performance Index to calculate country averages. A factor analysis is used to validate the reliability of environmental concern. The correlations are tested between the five variables. Followed by a structural equation modeling with two models, one with and one without core-periphery. Results: The correlations are moderate-to-high for four variables, except for air quality. The structural equation modeling demonstrates a good model fit. However, the model without core-periphery provided a more substantive explanation. In both models there is no significant relation between post-materialism and environmental concern. We see in both models that water quality is negatively associated with environmental concern and positively associated with post-materialism. In model two, vulnerability and water quality are negatively related, vulnerability and post-materialism as well. An increase in vulnerability leads to a positive effect on environmental concern. Conclusion: Inglehart's post-materialism thesis can not be confirmed. While environmental problems are a determinative for environmental concern and vulnerability, populations in less vulnerable countries are less post-materialistic but are not more concerned for the environment. We can conclude that a higher vulnerability leads to a higher environmental concern. (Less)
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Mutsaers, Jeroen LU
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HEKM50 20151
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Environmental concern, post-materialism, Structural Equation Modeling analyse, Statistics, world-system theory
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English
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5403404
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  abstract     = {Objective: Within the literature there has not been a coherent answer to the question what influences environmental concern. Previous research have found partial explanations but have not looked at the underlying relations In this study I will look at the connection between (1) core-periphery, (2) vulnerability, (3) environmental problems and (4) post-materialism on (5) environmental concern. Including the underlying relationship between them. Method: Data is used from the World Values Survey, WorldRiskReport and Environmental Performance Index to calculate country averages. A factor analysis is used to validate the reliability of environmental concern. The correlations are tested between the five variables. Followed by a structural equation modeling with two models, one with and one without core-periphery. Results: The correlations are moderate-to-high for four variables, except for air quality. The structural equation modeling demonstrates a good model fit. However, the model without core-periphery provided a more substantive explanation. In both models there is no significant relation between post-materialism and environmental concern. We see in both models that water quality is negatively associated with environmental concern and positively associated with post-materialism. In model two, vulnerability and water quality are negatively related, vulnerability and post-materialism as well. An increase in vulnerability leads to a positive effect on environmental concern. Conclusion: Inglehart's post-materialism thesis can not be confirmed. While environmental problems are a determinative for environmental concern and vulnerability, populations in less vulnerable countries are less post-materialistic but are not more concerned for the environment. We can conclude that a higher vulnerability leads to a higher environmental concern.},
  author       = {Mutsaers, Jeroen},
  keyword      = {Environmental concern,post-materialism,Structural Equation Modeling analyse,Statistics,world-system theory},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Environmental concern in global perspective: Exploring relations between core-periphery, vulnerability, environmental problems, post-materialism and environmental concern},
  year         = {2015},
}