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Constituting Global Leadership: Which Countries Need to Be Around the Summit Table for Climate Change and Energy Security?

Constituting Global Leadership: Which Countries Need to Be Around the Summit Table for Climate... Global Governance 16 (2010), 21–37 GLOBAL INSIGHTS Constituting Global Leadership: Which Countries Need to Be Around the Summit Table for Climate Change and Energy Security? Barry Carin and Alan Mehlenbacher THERE IS A GROWING CONSENSUS THAT THE G8 WILL BE REPLACED BY THE G-20 as the key informal body that meets at the leaders’ level. Whether it fo- cuses on setting agendas, breaking deadlocks, or being “friends of reform,” there will continue to be controversy regarding its composition. Why? Be- cause there is no axiomatic or correct way to choose the countries to consti- tute the summit table for global negotiations. Various criteria provide guidance, such as total population, economic weight and power, leadership in science and technology, cultural reach, the ca- pacity to introduce new ideas, and the desire to lead. Regional weight is a pos- sible factor. Capacity and willingness to burden share are other criteria. Internal national credibility and political will are other measures. Given that battles are first won on the domestic front, can a country arrange its own compliance? Some might argue that agreement is easier with other like-minded coun- tries that have the same values, but legitimacy requires the group to be repre- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Constituting Global Leadership: Which Countries Need to Be Around the Summit Table for Climate Change and Energy Security?

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
eISSN
1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01601003
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Abstract

Global Governance 16 (2010), 21–37 GLOBAL INSIGHTS Constituting Global Leadership: Which Countries Need to Be Around the Summit Table for Climate Change and Energy Security? Barry Carin and Alan Mehlenbacher THERE IS A GROWING CONSENSUS THAT THE G8 WILL BE REPLACED BY THE G-20 as the key informal body that meets at the leaders’ level. Whether it fo- cuses on setting agendas, breaking deadlocks, or being “friends of reform,” there will continue to be controversy regarding its composition. Why? Be- cause there is no axiomatic or correct way to choose the countries to consti- tute the summit table for global negotiations. Various criteria provide guidance, such as total population, economic weight and power, leadership in science and technology, cultural reach, the ca- pacity to introduce new ideas, and the desire to lead. Regional weight is a pos- sible factor. Capacity and willingness to burden share are other criteria. Internal national credibility and political will are other measures. Given that battles are first won on the domestic front, can a country arrange its own compliance? Some might argue that agreement is easier with other like-minded coun- tries that have the same values, but legitimacy requires the group to be repre-

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Dec 19, 2010

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