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Does leadership promote cooperation in climate change mitigation policy?


Saul, U; Seidel, C (2011). Does leadership promote cooperation in climate change mitigation policy? Climate Policy, 11(2):897-915.

Abstract

In the run-up to the Copenhagen negotiations, commentators, politicians and the public had great expectations of some state taking the lead towards a new global climate deal. Is there something in such a call for leadership? In two steps, this article provides an empirically informed answer to that question. The first part develops a theoretical account of the relation between leadership and cooperation in international climate change mitigation policy (ICCMP). Starting from a five-dimensional leadership account and a simple game-theoretical analysis of the impediments to cooperation, it is predicted that (1) increased leadership facilitates cooperation in ICCMP and (2) different leadership modes contribute to cooperation in varying degrees. The second part tests these hypotheses: a new leadership index measures the extent to which the EU exhibited leadership at the negotiations of the Conference of the Parties (COP) between 1995 and 2008. This positively correlates with the level of cooperation arrived at. The result also holds for four out of five leadership modes.

Abstract

In the run-up to the Copenhagen negotiations, commentators, politicians and the public had great expectations of some state taking the lead towards a new global climate deal. Is there something in such a call for leadership? In two steps, this article provides an empirically informed answer to that question. The first part develops a theoretical account of the relation between leadership and cooperation in international climate change mitigation policy (ICCMP). Starting from a five-dimensional leadership account and a simple game-theoretical analysis of the impediments to cooperation, it is predicted that (1) increased leadership facilitates cooperation in ICCMP and (2) different leadership modes contribute to cooperation in varying degrees. The second part tests these hypotheses: a new leadership index measures the extent to which the EU exhibited leadership at the negotiations of the Conference of the Parties (COP) between 1995 and 2008. This positively correlates with the level of cooperation arrived at. The result also holds for four out of five leadership modes.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:08 University Research Priority Programs > Ethics
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:22 Feb 2012 12:47
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:26
Publisher:Earthscan Ltd.
ISSN:1469-3062
Additional Information:This is an electronic version of an article published in Saul, U; Seidel, C (2011). Does leadership promote cooperation in climate change mitigation policy? Climate Policy, 11(2):897-915. Climate Policy is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3763/cpol.2009.0004
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3763/cpol.2009.0004

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