Negotiating Climate Change as a Social Situation

20 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2001

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Lise Wietze

VU University Amsterdam - Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)

Richard S. J. Tol

VU University Amsterdam - Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM); Carnegie Mellon University - Center for Integrated Study of the Human Dimensions of Global Change; University of Hamburg - Centre for Marine and Climate Research (ZMK); Princeton University

Bob van der Zwaan

Columbia University - Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Earth Institute

Date Written: June 2001

Abstract

This paper applies the theory of social situations to international environmental agreements on greenhouse gas emission reduction. The usual pessimism on the size of stable coalitions among world regions is challenged for two alternative cases, namely by introducing farsightedness and by introducing coalitional moves with commitment. This is an extension of stability in the cartel game, where a cartel symbolises a coalition among world regions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is a special case of the commitment situation, which has been proposed in the theory of social situations. The results are obtained by restricting the move rules in the game among world regions.

Keywords: Coalitions, coalitional moves, cooperation, theory of social situations, international negotiations, climate change

JEL Classification: C7, F42, Q2

Suggested Citation

Wietze, Lise and Tol, Richard S. J. and van der Zwaan, Bob, Negotiating Climate Change as a Social Situation (June 2001). FEEM Working Paper No. 44.2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=278512 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.278512

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