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British political values, attitudes to climate change, and travel behaviour

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-213
Number of pages23
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number2
DateAccepted/In press - Mar 2016
DatePublished (current) - 1 Apr 2016


The UK is committed to a sharp reduction of greenhouse gases. Progress towards its goal will depend on whether the public can be persuaded to change their travel behaviour. Using British Social Attitudes 2011 survey data, analyses show that the majority of adults – especially the young and better-educated – believe that climate change is occurring but even concerned believers appear reluctant to modify their behaviour. Policies designed to alter transport habits and induce behaviour change need to take that clear conclusion into account. Without a strong political commitment, substantial change that will significantly mitigate the processes appears unlikely.

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    Rights statement: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Policy and Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version R Johnston & C Deeming, "British political values, attitudes to climate change, and travel behaviour", Policy & Politics, Volume 44, Number 2, April 2016, pp. 191-213(23) is available online at:

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