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The institutionalisation of trust in the international climate regime


  • Vogler, John


In the extensive literature on international environmental co-operation, trust is usually treated in terms of compliance and verification mechanisms, on the assumption that there will always be incentives for parties to international agreements to cheat or to 'free ride'. Indeed the establishment of adequate assurances that such behaviour will be detected and punished is frequently the sine qua non of agreement in the first place. Technical and legal compliance mechanisms have developed rapidly in environmental treaty-making over the last two decades. The climate regime is no exception and its provisions in this regard are briefly described and analysed. However, it will be argued that the development of trust amongst the parties goes well beyond formal compliance and depends upon the institutionalised relationships, often amongst officials and technical experts that have grown up, since the negotiations for a climate treaty commenced in the late 1980s.

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  • Vogler, John, 2010. "The institutionalisation of trust in the international climate regime," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(6), pages 2681-2687, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:38:y:2010:i:6:p:2681-2687

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    1. John Vogler, 2003. "Taking Institutions Seriously: How Regime Analysis can be Relevant to Multilevel Environmental Governance," Global Environmental Politics, MIT Press, vol. 3(2), pages 25-39, May.
    2. Checkel, Jeffrey T., 2001. "Why Comply? Social Learning and European Identity Change," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 55(03), pages 553-588, June.
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    1. Kennedy, Matthew & Basu, Biswajit, 2014. "An analysis of the climate change architecture," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 185-193.
    2. Hassani Mahmooei, Behrooz & Parris, Brett, 2012. "Dynamics of effort allocation and evolution of trust: an agent-based model," MPRA Paper 44919, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Shum, Robert Y., 2013. "Social construction and physical nihilation of the Keystone XL pipeline: Lessons from international relations theory," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 82-85.

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