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The Relationship between Value Types and Environmental Behaviour in Four Countries: Universalism, Benevolence, Conformity and Biospheric Values Revisited

Tally Katz-Gerro, Itay Greenspan, Femida Handy, Hoon-Young Lee

Environmental Values 26 (2017): 223-249. doi: 10.3197/096327117X14847335385599

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Using the social-psychological literature on the antecedents of environmental behaviour and comparative data from Germany, India, Israel and South Korea, we test four value types that correspond with environmental behaviour. Our cross-national context represents varying social, economic, cultural and environmental configurations, giving credence to the effects of values. The authors collected survey data among students on a variety of environmental behaviours and on questions that comprise Schwartz's value scale. The results show similarities between the countries in the effect of biospheric values and differences in the effects of the other values tested. We also find that biospheric value is the most important value type for explaining environmental behaviour, and that biospheric values, universalism and benevolence - three key values that we analyse - have different effects on environmental behaviour, and therefore should be treated separately rather than in a unified self-transcendence value orientation. We finally demonstrate the importance of conformity in the analysis of environmental behaviour. Our conclusions point to the importance of further exploring the mechanism that links values and environmental behaviour while contextualising it in different national and cultural settings.


Pro-environmental behaviour, environmental values, environmental philanthropy, comparative research, youth

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

The Commons, Game Theory, and Aspects of Human Nature that May Allow Conservation of Global Resources. Walter K. Dodds

Exploring the Relationship Between Values and Pro-Environmental Behaviour: The Influence of Locus of Control. Anna-Karin Engqvist Jonsson and Andreas Nilsson

Humans Valuing Nature: Synthesising Insights from Philosophy, Psychology and Economics. Michael Lockwood

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Editorial: Knowledge, Expertise and Engagement. Stewart Barr

Materialism, Awareness of Environmental Consequences and Environmental Philanthropic Behaviour Among Potential Donors. Piia Lundberg, Annukka Vainio, Ann Ojala, Anni Arponen

Global Convergence and National Disparities in the Structure of Environmental Attitudes and Their Linkage to Pro-Environmental Behaviours. Hui-Ju Kuo, Yang-chih Fu

Mapping Moral Pluralism in Behavioural Spillovers: A Cross-Disciplinary Account of the Multiple Ways in Which We Engage in Moral Valuing. Michael Vincent, Ann-Kathrin Koessler

Pathways from Environmental Ethics to Pro-Environmental Behaviours? Insights from Psychology. Chelsea Batavia, Jeremy T. Bruskotter, Michael Paul Nelson

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