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Rurality and Collective Attitude Effects on Wolf Policy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Umeå University.
2016 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 8, no 8, 711Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Debates over wolf policy are driven by an underlying attitudinal divide between peoplefrom urban and rural areas. This study explores how the power relationship between urban and ruralgroups interact with individual attitude formation in relation to wolf policy, in order to understandwhy dissatisfaction with wolf policy tends to result in group level conflict patterns. Using Swedishsurvey data, I analyze attitudes to wolf policy, in relation to collective level effects and rural politicalalienation. Findings indicate that individual level attitudes towards the Swedish wolf policy are inpart 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.

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Basel: MDPI , 2016. Vol. 8, no 8, 711
Keyword [en]
wolf; rural-urban divide; political alienation; rurality; conservation policy; collective attitude effects
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124743DOI: 10.3390/su8080711OAI: diva2:954677
Governing sustainable rural development – for or by the local population?
Swedish Research Council Formas, 251-2011-117
Available from: 2016-08-23 Created: 2016-08-23 Last updated: 2016-08-23

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