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Public responses to an environmental transport policy in Sweden: differentiating between acceptance and support for conventional and alternative fuel vehicles
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration. Lund University School of Economics and Management, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2593-9439
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration. University of Southern Denmark, Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics, Esbjerg, Denmark.
2019 (English)In: Energy Research & Social Science, ISSN 2214-6296, E-ISSN 2214-6326, Vol. 48, p. 13-21Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Understanding public responses to environmental policies can help in achieving a move towards more renewable energy. Focusing on two types of public responses to a policy, namely public acceptance and public support, this study utilizes a survey of car owners (N = 1422) to explore public responses to an environmental transport policy in Sweden. The results demonstrate higher levels of public acceptance than support for the policy and that adopters of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) are more prone to accept and support the policy by expressing higher intentions for continuous AFV adoption. Results of regression analyses show that policy acceptance can be explained by environmental beliefs and previous experience with AFVs. In addition, public support is also explained by public acceptance, even when controlling for other factors, which lends support to the deduction that policy acceptance can be theorized as antecedent to policy support. This study emphasizes the importance of understanding different types of public responses to an energy policy in order to recognize drivers for, and barriers against, successfully implementing a policy and communicating it with the public.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 48, p. 13-21
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Policy acceptance, Policy support, Alternative fuel vehicles, Electric vehicles
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152532DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.09.009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85054332840OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-152532DiVA, id: diva2:1254733
Available from: 2018-10-10 Created: 2018-10-10 Last updated: 2019-02-12Bibliographically approved

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