The concept of "consumption corridors" meets society - how an idea for fundamental changes in consumption is received

Defila, Rico and Di Giulio, Antonietta. (2020) The concept of "consumption corridors" meets society - how an idea for fundamental changes in consumption is received. Journal of Consumer Policy, 43 (2). pp. 315-344.

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The concept of consumption corridors is a concept to guide policy design and policymaking. It suggests applying good life and justice as the primary symbolic-interpretative construct in designing and implementing sustainable consumption governance. Proceeding from there, the concept proposes achieving sustainability in consumption by developing corridors of consumption, that is, by defining minima and maxima of consumption. Translating the concept into policies would make it possible to induce fundamental changes in consumption without imposing specific lifestyles on individuals and without demonizing consumption. To investigate how this concept is received in a society, the concept has been subjected to a representative survey in Switzerland (N = 1,059) using an adapted semantic differential scale. Respondents were presented with seven deliberative spaces in which they had to position themselves in their role as citizens. Each of these deliberative spaces is formed by juxtaposing contradicting (bipolar) arguments representing a debate, and each deliberative space represents a belief that is crucial to the concept. The results show that the seven deliberative spaces reflect a common latent factor, the openness to endorse the concept of consumption corridors. The results of the respondents' positioning suggest a slightly positive openness to endorse the concept in Switzerland. Multiple regression analysis was used to test if gender, age, income, education, altruism, and political attitude predict participants' openness to endorse the concept. Political attitude is the strongest predictor of the respondents' overall positioning, but the effect of the political attitude on the reception of the concept is, at least in Switzerland, less strong than assumed. Similarly, at least in Switzerland, the concept is less polarizing than expected, that is, it is controversial but not polarizing. In sum, the concept of consumption corridors offers a new frame for governance that has the potential to provide common ground beyond traditional political divides. People do not reject the frame provided by the concept in terms of its content, and they do not think that it would be impossible to put it into practice. Finally, people are able and willing to engage with the arguments in favour and against the concept.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Biologie > Aquatische ├ľkologie (Holm)
UniBasel Contributors:Di Giulio, Antonietta and Defila, Rico
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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