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Policy Subsystems and Regimes: Organized Interests and Climate Change Policy

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This research is an examination of the role of organized interests in international climate change policy formation. Systematic survey results are used to demonstrate that organized interests actually engage in the same activities in both the international and domestic arenas. This research demonstrates that the climate change negotiations can be characterized as both a policy subsystem and an international regime. It is further argued that these two concepts are in fact highly analogous, thereby facilitating new cross-discipline research opportunities. The research is based on a web survey of organized interests accredited by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and on interviews and field research at the 8th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in New Delhi, India.

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This is the accepted version of the following article: Shannon Orr “Policy Subsystems and Regimes: Organized Interests and Climate Change Policy” Policy Studies Journal 34(2): pp. 147-169, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1541-0072.2006.00164.x/abstract.

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