The UN climate change negotiations and the role of the United States: assessing American leadership from Copenhagen to Paris

  title={The UN climate change negotiations and the role of the United States: assessing American leadership from Copenhagen to Paris},
  author={Charles F. Parker and Christer Karlsson},
  journal={Environmental Politics},
  pages={519 - 540}
ABSTRACT The role of American leadership in the UN climate negotiations that produced the 2015 Paris Agreement is examined. First, United States (US) climate goals are identified. Then, utilizing unique survey data collected at eight UN climate summits between 2008 and 2015, the extent to which the US was recognized as a leader by potential followers is investigated. Finally, the extent to which US goals are reflected in negotiation outcomes is evaluated. Recognition of the US as a leader… 

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