Pluralising climate change solutions?: Views held and voiced by participants at the international climate change negotiations
2014 (English)In: Ecological Economics, ISSN 0921-8009, E-ISSN 1873-6106, ISSN ISSN 0921-8009, Vol. 105, 177-184 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Intergovernmental organisations have developed into important sites of normative contestation where increasingly non-state actors participate. A common puzzle is however whether engaged non-state actors represent already strong and established interests or if they also bring forth marginalised voices. This concern raises the pertinent question of what views non-state actors actually represent and if this adds to the perspectives voiced by state actors. This paper examines the views held and voiced by state and a range of non-state participants at the United Nation's climate change conferences. Specifically, questions on what types of climate change solutions are favoured and to what extent these solutions are discussed are addressed. Through statistical analyses of questionnaire data and a content analysis of abstracts of side-events to the conferences, we find that while non-state actors help in broadening the discursive space, some perspectives remain marginalised. We conclude that while non-state actors represent a pluralising force, greater non-state actor participation in intergovernmental organisations is on its own unlikely to lead to democratic global governance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 105, 177-184 p.
Non-state actors; Climate change; Global Environmental Governance; Deliberative democracy
Political Science Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-108517DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.06.002ISI: 000342272600018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-108517DiVA: diva2:730631
ProjectsNon-state actors in the new landscape of international climate cooperation
FunderSwedish Research Council FormasSwedish Research Council