The Evolution of Rules: Enacting Environmental Rules Through Un Climate Change Conferences.
Abstract: How can we explain the evolution of rules? Drawing on a longitudinal empirical study of UN climate conferences involving 10,000 to 20,000 delegates in the period from 2005 to 2018, this empirical study aims to explain the process of enacting rules to reduce greenhouse gases. The study examines the dynamic interplay between actors’ interests and actors’ entitlements in generating reference points. This dynamic interplay appears critical in understanding the causal powers that affect the evolution of rules.