A review on political factors influencing public support for urban environmental policy

Calvin Wan, Qiping Shen, Stella Choi

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Governments have been formulating and implementing policies to mitigate environmental deterioration in cities. To effectively implement policies and achieve policy goals, gaining sufficient public support is an essential prerequisite; the policies would be in ruins and the government may also suffer from setbacks in other policy areas in the absence of public support. Therefore, to understand what contributes to public support is a crucial task for policymakers. Though current literature on socio-demographic and attitudinal/psychological factors provides fruitful accounts for policy support, a comprehensive examination of political determinants has yet to be established. In response to this, this review paper explores political factors that influence level of policy support based on existing literature. An integrated framework is proposed to explain policy support for urban environmental policy. This paper also discusses the possible directions of future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-80
Number of pages11
JournalEnvironmental Science and Policy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017


  • Policy support
  • Politics
  • Public acceptance
  • Urban environment
  • Urban policy
  • Willingness to pay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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