Balancing friends and foes: Explaining advocacy styles at global diplomatic conferences

Balancing friends and foes: Explaining advocacy styles at global diplomatic conferences The growing attempts by non-state interests to influence global policy processes has attracted much scholarly interest in recent years. One important question thereby is what characterizes and explains the interactions of non-state advocates with policymakers. In order to clarify this matter, we analyse the advocacy strategies of non-state actors, more precisely whether and why they address opponents instead of more like-minded policymakers. For this purpose, we analyse evidence collected through 228 interviews with advocates who attended the WTO Ministerial Conferences (Geneva 2012) and the United Nations Climate Conferences (Durban 2011; Doha 2012). Our results show that transnational advocates predominantly target like-minded policymakers and that their activities are much less focused on their opponents. Variation in advocacy towards opponents or like-minded policymakers is explained by the alignment of non-state actors with policymakers, the salience of topics on the political agenda, group characteristics, and whether or not advocates hail from democratic countries. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Review of International Organizations Springer Journals

Balancing friends and foes: Explaining advocacy styles at global diplomatic conferences

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Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
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Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general; Political Science; Economics, general
ISSN
1559-7431
eISSN
1559-744X
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11558-016-9262-z
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