Negotiating Climate Change
Research Question:

How can developing countries compensate for their limited power resources by deploying successful strategies in the context of climate change compensation negotiations?

The project investigated the power resources and the choice of bargaining strategies by member states in the current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations leading to the Post-Kyoto agreement in Copenhagen. A systematic collection of negotiation positions and interviews on the choice of negotiation strategies with negotiation observers has shed light on questions whether external power resources such as economic size can be compensated by the use of strategies. The determining factors explaining choice of positions and strategies have then been investigated in a second step. The analysis contributed to ongoing research on power resources and strategies in international institutions. Given the strong salience of climate change for many developing countries, the research project allowed to derive the determinants of successful negotiation strategies for these countries. While they are traditionally looked at as weaker players given that their power resources are limited, climate change negotiations provide evidence for a number of exceptions to this rule.


Project Members

Name Role Department/Institute Institution
Katharina Michaelowa Coordinator Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Entwicklungspolitik Universität Zürich
Stefanie Bailer Co-Coordinator Center for Comparative & , International Studies (CIS) Universität Zürich
Axel Michaelowa Co-Coordinator Universität Zürich
Paula Castro Principal Member Universität Zürich
Liliana Andonova Associated Member Institut de hautes Etudes internationales et du Développement - Graduate Institute Geneva
Christoph Bals Associated Member Germanwatch Germanwatch
Bettina Ryf Associated Member Universität Zürich