The general public´s support for forest policy in Sweden: a value belief approach
2013 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559, Vol. 56, no 6, 850-867 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In the present study, the legitimacy of the forest policy in Sweden was explored. Based on a value belief approach, the general public's support for forest policy was examined by means of a questionnaire (n=796). Results demonstrated that the respondents believed ecological principles, such as sustaining natural conditions for native plants and animals, were most important in forest policy, but preservation of social values and using the forest efficiently to maintain high market value were also emphasised. Although socio-demographic variables (i.e. gender and age) had some impact on support for the policy, different values and beliefs reflecting ecological, social and economic interests were more important. By considering different values and beliefs, as well as policy support explicitly, the study provides a multifaceted account of the public's viewpoint regarding forest issues.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2013. Vol. 56, no 6, 850-867 p.
values, beliefs, forest policy support, general public
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60123DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2012.708324OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-60123DiVA: diva2:558017
Published ahead of print 20 September 2012.2012-10-012012-10-012013-11-29Bibliographically approved