International environmental negotiations

Global collective action is required to tackle climate change.

A sustainable solution to climate change needs strong international governance, as well as measurable local action to implement international commitments at the domestic level. This programme explores the prospects for international collective action on climate change. It aims to shed light on the historical and socio-political factors affecting a global deal on climate change, using methods such as game theory and survey analysis of negotiators’ perceptions of the costs, benefits and risks of climate action.

Research

Do international factors influence the passage of climate change legislation?

Do international factors influence the passage of climate change legislation?

The number of climate change laws in major economies has grown from less than 40 in 1997 to almost 500 at the end of 2013. The passage of these laws is influenced by both domestic and international factors. This paper reviews the main international factors, drawing on a powerful new dataset of climate legislation in 66 national jurisdictions. We find that the propensity to legislate on climate change is heavily influenced by the passage of similar laws elsewhere, suggesting a strong and so far under-appreciated role for international policy diffusion. read more »