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Coronavirus mimics climate politics | Guest View

Series: Coronavirus | Story 90

Last updated 4/2/2020 at 8:59am

Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash

Coronavirus and climate policies are different sorts of problems. Because citizens have varying risk perceptions about these issues (their immediacy and threats to personal well being), they are more willing to bear costs to tackle coronavirus than climate change.

Politicians also view the immediacy and magnitude of these threats differently. Hence, they follow scientific advice on coronavirus but less so on climate change. Finally, in contrast to climate change, coronavirus policies have not yet faced concerted opposition from industries affected by policy measures.

But coronavirus politi...

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