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Authority through synergism: The roles of climate change linkages
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2006 (English)In: European Environment, ISSN 0961-0405, E-ISSN 1099-0976, Vol. 16, no 5, 278-289 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the conceptual basis of synergies between the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other international organizations and agreements. It discusses why synergies are made, what kinds there are and their potential consequences. Considering actors' divergent goals, synergies do not necessarily imply win-win outcomes. The article distinguishes between positive and negative synergetic effects, which should be explicated at different levels, such as the differing goals of various agreements, institutions, parties and social groups. Efforts of international organizations to increase synergy can be regarded as attempts to build authority. Yet, synergy is also used by countries to influence this process. Current synergetic efforts may profoundly affect the relocation of authority in global environmental governance, not only by streamlining mandates, practices and objectives, but also by leading to more powerful international organizations (e.g. WTO) increasingly taking precedence over climate change agreements. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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2006. Vol. 16, no 5, 278-289 p.
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synergies ¿ climate change policy ¿ sustainable development ¿ multilateral environmental agreements ¿ trade ¿ international organizations
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-35064DOI: 10.1002/eet.423Local ID: 24765OAI: diva2:255912
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2010-04-16Bibliographically approved

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