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

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-249
Number of pages27
JournalEnvironmental Values
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Comparative research
  • Environmental philanthropy
  • Environmental values
  • Pro-environmental behaviour
  • Youth

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Philosophy

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