Carter, N, Ladrech, RJ, Little, C and Tsagkroni, V (2018) Political parties and climate policy: A new approach to measuring parties' climate policy preferences. Party Politics, 24 (6). pp. 731-742. ISSN 1354-0688

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This study presents an innovative approach to hand-coding parties' policy preferences in the relatively new, cross-sectoral field of climate change mitigation policy. It applies this approach to party manifestos in six countries, comparing the preferences of parties in Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the United Kingdom over the past two decades. It probes the data for evidence of validity through content validation and convergent/discriminant validation and engages with the debate on position-taking in environmental policy by developing a positional measure that incorporates 'pro' and 'anti' climate policy preferences. The analysis provides evidence for the validity of the new measures, shows that they are distinct from comparable measures of environmental policy preferences and argues that they are more comprehensive than existing climate policy measures. The new measures strengthen the basis for answering questions that are central to climate politics and to party politics. The approach developed here has important implications for the study of new, complex or cross-cutting policy issues and issues that include both valence and positional aspects.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Sage Publications at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change, environmental politics, manifestos, party policy, political parties
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2017 11:48
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 11:48

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