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Climate change leaders and followers: Leadership recognition and selection in the UNFCCC negotiations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0407-3939
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Linköping University.
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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London: 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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Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-267815DOI: 10.1177/0047117814552143ISI: 000365741700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-267815DiVA: diva2:874396
Swedish Research Council, 421-2011-1862Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental ResearchSwedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Available from: 2015-11-26 Created: 2015-11-26 Last updated: 2016-01-21Bibliographically approved

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