Household Energy Use in a Political Context

Stern, P. C. (1985). Household energy use in a political context. Marriage and Family Review, 9, 1-2, 15-27.

Contends, based on a study by the present author and E. Aronson (1984), that the way the society thinks about energy is an important part of the policy context. It is suggested that the view of energy as a commodity is dominant in society, leading to the failure of alternatives (e.g., welfare or public health needs) to get serious consideration. It is concluded that a policy climate dominated by the commodity view of energy has influenced household welfare without direct debate. Implications for households are discussed. (18 ref)

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