Contents

Acknowledgements ix

1 Politics in a warming world: introduction 1

1.1 Introduction 1

1.2 Why these actors? 2

1.3 Why global warming? 8

1.4 Methodology 10

1.5 Scope 12

1.6 Background: emerging themes in global climate politics 13 Negotiating blocs 13 Europe 14 The United States 15 The North-South dimension 16 Divisions within the South 17 Policy options after Rio 18 Kyoto and beyond 21

2 Existing approaches: problems and limitations 23

2.1 Existing approaches to explaining global environmental politics 23

2.2 Critique of regime approaches 2 6

2.3 Current approaches to the study of global warming 3 0

2.4 Reconfiguring political influence 32

3 Knowledge, frames and the scientific community 40

3.1 Introduction 40

3.2 Structural factors/bargaining assets 40

3.3 Agenda-setting 44

3.4 Negotiation-bargaining 54

3.5 Implementation 63

3.6 Conclusions 65

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