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ISTPP Article Explores Public Support for Energy Policies

Director of the Institute, Arnold Vedlitz, ISTPP Fellow James W. Stoutenborough, and Associate Research Scientist Xinsheng Liu have published their article, “The Influence of Specific Risk Perceptions on Public Policy Support: An Examination of Energy Policy,” in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

The authors examine the role of risk perceptions of specific energy sources and how these perceptions affect individuals’ preferences for specific energy policies. The researchers look at this relationship using nuclear, coal and renewable sources of energy. Controlling for the influence of knowledge and several specific attitudinal indicators, the authors find that risk perceptions are strong predictors of energy policy preferences.

James W. Stoutenborough, Arnold Vedlitz, and Xinsheng Liu. 2015. “The Influence of Specific Risk Perceptions on Public Policy Support: An Examination of Energy Policy,” in “The Politics of Science: Political Values and the Production, Communication, and Reception of Scientific Knowledge,” ed. Elizabeth Suhay and James N. Druckman, special issue, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 658(1): 102–120. DOI: 10.1177/0002716214559004

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