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Policies for ecological tax reform: analysis of social responses

Objective

Problems to be solved
The project is the first to examine the responses of grassroots stakeholders to ecological tax reform (ETR) policies and proposals. Although ETR is widely accepted to be a policy with desirable environmental, economic and employment effects, its implementation has been limited by problems with political acceptability, which this project addresses. Scientific objectives and approach The objective is to develop proposals to improve the design of ecological tax reform (ETR) policies to maximise their political acceptability while still attempting to meet the environmental, economic and employment objectives behind ETR.
The project aims to examine the attitudes of business and the general public towards ETR policies in five member states (Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom). The six specific objectives are:
1) To assess the patterns of awareness of ETR policies
2) To gauge the understanding of the intentions behind ETR in terms of environment and employment
3) To assess patterns of support or hostility towards specific policies and the general principles of ETR
4) To identify specific objections to these policies and principles
5) To assess what sort of ETR design would be regarded most favourably
6) To assess how far that design might compromise the effectiveness in meeting environmental, economic and employment objectives. The project methodology is based around the use of interviews and focus groups to inform the assessment of social responses to ETR policies and the development of improved designs for them. Qualitative methods have been chosen because these in-depth social research methods are the most appropriate means of uncovering the thinking processes underlying attitudes expressed.
Expected impacts
The results of the national studies are integrated into a European report developing proposals to improve the design of ETR policies in order to maximise their political acceptability while still attempting to meet the objectives behind ETR. The outputs of the project include national and European reports, national and European seminars and a series of policy briefs aimed at decision-makers.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
Address

Guildford
United Kingdom

Participants (5)

AKF - INSTITUTE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STUDIES
Denmark
Address
37,Nyropsgade 37
1602 Koebenhavn V
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
Address
Boulevard Saint-michel 60
75272 Paris
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DES MINES DE PARIS
France
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
Clonskeagh Drive Richveiw
14 Dublin
WUPPERTAL INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Germany
Address
19,Doeppersberg 19
42103 Wuppertal