The relationship of benefits and fairness to political confidence in the U.S. Forest Service
KeywordsAgriculture, Forestry and Wildlife.
Political Science, General.
Political Science, Public Administration.
AdvisorKing, David A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractBecause recent conflicts over U.S. Forest Service decisions may indicate that the public lacks confidence in the agency, this study sought to discover the level of and reasons for confidence in the Forest Service. Results of a nationwide mail survey of participants in Forest Service planning showed that 43% of respondents had a low level of confidence in their local Forest Service office and 55% had a low level of confidence in the agency at the national level. The survey also revealed that participants' judgments of the procedural fairness of the planning process had an important influence on confidence in the agency at both the local and national level. Judgments about the fairness of agency procedures were much more important determinants of confidence than the level of benefits participants received from the forests or their policy preferences, judgments about distributive fairness, socio-demographic characteristics or styles of participation.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Renewable Natural Resources