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Why Do Only Some Chairs Act as Successful Mediators? Trust in Chairs of Global Climate Negotiations

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Trust in the chairs of global negotiations is a decisive factor facilitating successful outcomes. When negotiators trust the chair, they allow her to go beyond her formal procedural role by acting as a mediator, fostering the reaching of agreement. Negotiating parties must consent to a chair assuming substantive mediation functions. They cede parts of their control over the process to the chair when they are confident that the chair is competent and acts in good faith and everyone's interest. In this article, we develop a detailed conceptualization of trust in chairs of global negotiations and demonstrate its impact in two cases of United Nations negotiations that aimed to deliver a universal deal on climate change: the failed 2009 round in Copenhagen, and the 2015 round that culminated in the adoption of the Paris Agreement.
Journal: International Studies Quarterly
ISSN: 0020-8833
Issue: 2
Volume: 64
Pages: 1 - 13
Publication year:2020
BOF-publication weight:1
CSS-citation score:1
Authors from:Higher Education