Climate change and individual responsibility: Agency, moral disengagement and the motivational gap

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Climate change and individual responsibility : Agency, moral disengagement and the motivational gap. / Peeters, Wouter; De Smet, Andries; Diependaele, Lisa; Sterckx, Sigrid.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 150 p.

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Peeters, Wouter ; De Smet, Andries ; Diependaele, Lisa ; Sterckx, Sigrid. / Climate change and individual responsibility : Agency, moral disengagement and the motivational gap. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 150 p.

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