Press Briefings in International Climate Change Negotiations

Betzold, C., Bernauer, T., Koubi, V. (2015). Press Briefings in International Climate Change Negotiations. Environmental Communication. DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2015.1094100

32 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2013 Last revised: 1 Dec 2017

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Carola Betzold

Göteborg University - School of Global Studies

Vally Koubi

University of Bern - Department of Economics

Thomas Bernauer

ETH Zurich

Date Written: November 11, 2015

Abstract

Press conferences are an important element of a government's communication strategy at climate change summits. From a theoretical perspective, press conferences should serve two main functions: exerting pressure in negotiations and informing the public. These functions correspond to two logics of action: a logic of consequence where governments use press conferences as negotiation tools and a logic of appropriateness where governments organize press conferences to increase transparency. Based on new data from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change archives, we find limited support for these two logics of action. Neither democracies, which, we argue, are more likely to follow a logic of appropriateness, nor vulnerable countries, which are more likely to follow a logic of consequence, organize systematically more press conferences. Other factors, such as capacity and a government's function in the negotiation structure, seem to play a more important role.

Keywords: climate politics, press briefings, press conferences, logic of appropriateness and consequence, climate change negotiations

Suggested Citation

Betzold, Carola and Koubi, Vally and Bernauer, Thomas, Press Briefings in International Climate Change Negotiations (November 11, 2015). Betzold, C., Bernauer, T., Koubi, V. (2015). Press Briefings in International Climate Change Negotiations. Environmental Communication. DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2015.1094100. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2365766 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2365766

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