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The false consensus effect: a trigger of radicalization in locally unwanted land uses conflicts?
Department of History, Society and Human Studies, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy .
Department of Psychology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy .
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden. (Youth & Society)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5214-9921
2015 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Psychology, ISSN 0272-4944, E-ISSN 1522-9610, Vol. 42, 76-81 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We tackled conflicts over locally unwanted land use (LULU) focusing on the false consensus effect (FCE). Through a secondary analysis of data from a representative sample of residents in the district of Turin, Italy, where a high-speed railway (HSR) is to be sited (. N=1785), we tested whether the FCE mediated the relationship between perceived threat to the location and mobilization against the HSR. Participants tended to overestimate the number of people holding their same opinion. Among opponents of the HSR (. n=305), the tendency to be liable to the FCE was higher for those who perceived the project as a threat to the location. Moreover, the perception of an alleged consensus based on their own opinion mobilized them to defend their position. Our study suggests that standard approaches to LULU conflicts may benefit from the use of socio-cognitive variables.

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2015. Vol. 42, 76-81 p.
Keyword [en]
Environmental conflict; False consensus; LULU; Mobilization; NIMBY; Protest
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Humanities Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-43466DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.03.001ISI: 000356741700009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84924574713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-43466DiVA: diva2:793989
Available from: 2015-03-10 Created: 2015-03-10 Last updated: 2015-07-21Bibliographically approved

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