The ‘power of process:’ how negotiation management influences multilateral cooperation


Abstract
The management of a multilateral negotiation has frequently played a crucial role in developing global regimes but is often ignored in International Relations theory. The long-awaited UN climate summit in Copenhagen, for example, broke down in 2009 but negotiations reached agreement one year later in Cancún. This article argues that power and interests remained largely constant between Copenhagen and Cancún, and that the significantly altered negotiation management by the host government and the UN explains much of the difference. I develop an analytical framework to address whether and how the management of a multilateral negotiation by the organizers increases or decreases the probability of agreement. The empirical focus lies on the Danish and Mexican Presidencies of climate negotiations with extensive evidence from participant observation and 55 interviews with senior negotiators, high-level UN officials, and lead organizers. The argument adds to the scholarship on regime development by complementing structural with process analysis.

Monheim, Kai (2016) The ‘power of process:’ how negotiation management influences multilateral cooperation. International Negotiation, 21 (3). pp. 345-380. ISSN 1382-340X