Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
The acceleration of sea level rise (SLR) has become a threat to the stability of nation-states worldwide and associated with risks to environmental sustainability, economic infrastructure, and public health. However, from both an international and U.S. perspective, there is a lack of research examining legislative decision makers’ perceptions about policies regarding SLR. This study addresses that gap by examining how politics and proximity affects Virginia state legislators’ perceptions of the saliency of SLR. A survey of these legislators reveals their perceptions of credible sources of information, SLR-related risk, and who should take the lead to address SLR. While this study confirms other research about the effects of political party, it finds that proximity to coastal areas also greatly influences the perceived saliency of SLR. The findings from this research project enhance our understanding of the challenges inherent in addressing SLR at the state level. Finally, this study points to implications for agenda setting and suggests areas of further study regarding SLR policy at the state and local government levels.
Yusuf, Juita-Elena (Wie); St. John, Burton III; and Ash, Ivan K., "The Role of Politics and Proximity in Sea Level Rise Policy Salience: A Study of Virginia Legislators’ Perceptions" (2014). School of Public Service Faculty Publications. 7.
00000-0003-3599-1417 (Yusuf), 0000-0002-6790-8289 (St. John), 0000-0001-7256-5308 (Ash)