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Climate governance, policy entrepreneurs and small states: Explaining policy change at the International Maritime Organisation

Climate governance, policy entrepreneurs and small states: Explaining policy change at the International Maritime Organisation
Climate governance, policy entrepreneurs and small states: Explaining policy change at the International Maritime Organisation
The Marshall Islands (RMI) is one of the world’s smallest sovereign states, which should mean they are peripheral to global climate negotiations. Yet, they have recently played a crucial role in negotiating the Paris Agreement and emissions reductions at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The success at Paris is well documented. Here we explain how they also acted as successful policy entrepreneurs at the IMO. Specifically, we find that RMI’s success can be explained by three factors: vision of the entrepreneur; development of capacity within RMI and the region, and commitment of key actors to create and seize opportunities in available forums, to realise that vision; and strategies to mobilise broader international support. These findings have implications for the literatures on policy entrepreneurship in climate governance and studies that highlight the capacity of small states to influence international affairs.
Climate mitigation, International Maritime Organisation, climate governance, creative diplomacy, policy entrepreneurs, small island developing states
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Corbett, Jack, Rewut, Melodie, Yi-Chong, Xu and Weller, Patrick (2020) Climate governance, policy entrepreneurs and small states: Explaining policy change at the International Maritime Organisation. Environmental Politics, 29 (5), 825-844. (doi:10.1080/09644016.2019.1705057).

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The Marshall Islands (RMI) is one of the world’s smallest sovereign states, which should mean they are peripheral to global climate negotiations. Yet, they have recently played a crucial role in negotiating the Paris Agreement and emissions reductions at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The success at Paris is well documented. Here we explain how they also acted as successful policy entrepreneurs at the IMO. Specifically, we find that RMI’s success can be explained by three factors: vision of the entrepreneur; development of capacity within RMI and the region, and commitment of key actors to create and seize opportunities in available forums, to realise that vision; and strategies to mobilise broader international support. These findings have implications for the literatures on policy entrepreneurship in climate governance and studies that highlight the capacity of small states to influence international affairs.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 December 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 January 2020
Keywords: Climate mitigation, International Maritime Organisation, climate governance, creative diplomacy, policy entrepreneurs, small island developing states

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Local EPrints ID: 436873
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/436873
ISSN: 0964-4016
PURE UUID: 3eb136fa-f95e-4d93-9fd8-7120eae58962
ORCID for Jack Corbett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2005-7162

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Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:25

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Author: Jack Corbett ORCID iD
Author: Melodie Rewut
Author: Xu Yi-Chong
Author: Patrick Weller

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