A Climate for Change? Critical Reflections on the Durban United Nations Climate Change Conference

Banerjee, S. B. (2012). A Climate for Change? Critical Reflections on the Durban United Nations Climate Change Conference. Organization Studies, 33(12), pp. 1761-1786. doi: 10.1177/0170840612464609

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Abstract

Despite more than 15 years of high level efforts led by the United Nations to broker a binding agreement on emissions reduction, negotiations at every annual meeting have failed to establish a global agreement mainly due to significant disagreements between industrialized and developing countries over differentiated responsibilities in reducing emissions. In this paper I describe my experiences as a participant-observer at the 17th United Nations Climate Change summit held in Durban, South Africa during December 2011. I provide a critical analysis of the political economy of climate change and discuss power dynamics between market, state and civil society sectors as well as the shifting geopolitics that marks the emergence of China and India as major players in the climate change arena.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2012.
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change, Durban Platform, global policy, political economy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/6085

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