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The Legitimacy of Leadership in International Climate Change Negotiations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0407-3939
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Linköpings universitet.
2012 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, Vol. 41, no 1, 46-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Leadership is an essential ingredient in reaching international agreements and overcoming the collective action problems associated with responding to climate change. In this study we aim at answering two questions that are crucial for understanding the legitimacy of leadership in international climate change negotiations. Based on responses of three consecutive surveys distributed at COPs 14-16 we seek first to chart which actors are actually recognized as leaders by climate change negotiation participants. Secondly, we aim to explain what motivates COP participants to support different actors as leaders. Both these questions are indeed crucial for understanding the role, importance, and legitimacy of leadership in the international climate change regime. Our results show that the leadership landscape in this issue area is fragmented, with no one clear-cut leader, and strongly suggest that it is imperative for any actor seeking recognition as climate change leader to be perceived as being devoted to promoting the common good.

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Dordrecht: Springer Publishing Company, 2012. Vol. 41, no 1, 46-55 p.
Keyword [en]
Climate change, Leadership, Legitimacy, Followers, Views on leadership, COP
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Political Science Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168440DOI: 10.1007/s13280-011-0240-7ISI: 000300278800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-168440DiVA: diva2:496821
Available from: 2012-02-10 Created: 2012-02-10 Last updated: 2014-08-04Bibliographically approved

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