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Global Commons, Domestic DecisionsThe Comparative Politics of Climate Change$
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Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014267

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014267.001.0001

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Russia and the Kyoto Protocol: From Hot Air to Implementation?

Russia and the Kyoto Protocol: From Hot Air to Implementation?

(p.105) 4 Russia and the Kyoto Protocol: From Hot Air to Implementation?
Global Commons, Domestic Decisions

Laura A. Henry

Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on Russia’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. It looks into the significance of various factors which have affected the ratification and implementation path of Russia, including domestic institutions, interests, and ideas. The interaction of these factors with one another at various stages is also discussed. Apart from international factors, domestic configurations of policymakers’ ideas, electoral and economic interests, and political institutions played a vital role in the ratification decision of the Russian government. Implementation of the agreement depends primarily on domestic process, not like Russia’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. The implementation process proceeds effectively if government officials and institutions believe it enhances their institutional authority and if private-sector actors consider themselves potential beneficiaries from Kyoto’s flexibility mechanisms.

Keywords:   Kyoto Protocol, Russia, political institutions, domestic institutions

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