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Climate change leaders and followers: Leadership recognition and selection in the UNFCCC negotiations
Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Uppsala universitet, Sweden.
Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Uppsala universitet, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5500-3300
2015 (English)In: International Relations, ISSN 0047-1178, E-ISSN 1741-2862, Vol. 29, no 4, 434-454 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Past research has posited that effective leadership is an essential ingredient in reaching international agreements and overcoming the collective action problems associated with responding to climate change. Despite its fundamental importance for leadership relationships, the demand side of the leadership equation has been comparatively neglected in the literature. In this study, we answer several related questions that are vital for understanding the leadership dynamics that impact the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. Are there any leaders in the field of climate change and, if so, who are they? How do followers select climate leaders? What factors are important to them? Using unique survey data collected at four consecutive United Nations (UN) climate summits, Conference of Parties (COP) 14–17, this article investigates which actors are actually recognized as playing a leadership role in the UNFCCC negotiations and probes how followers select leadership candidates in this issue area. The survey findings reveal a fragmented leadership landscape, with no one clear-cut leader, and spotlight that if an actor seeks to be recognized as a leader, it is crucial to be perceived as being devoted to promoting the common good.

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Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 29, no 4, 434-454 p.
Keyword [en]
Cancún summit, climate change, Copenhagen summit, Durban summit, leaders, leadership
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-112681DOI: 10.1177/0047117814552143ISI: 000365741700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-112681DiVA: diva2:769402
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Formas/VR Non-State actors in international climate diplomacy
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Swedish Research Council Formas
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Funding agencies: Swedish Research Council [421-2011-1862]; Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Researchs (Mistra) Climate Policy Research Program (Clipore); Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency via the Centre for Natural Disaster Science

Available from: 2014-12-08 Created: 2014-12-08 Last updated: 2017-12-05

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