Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Major

Political Science

Date of Defense

11-14-2012

Graduate Advisor

David B. Robertson, PhD

Committee

Joyce Mushaben

J. Martin Rochester

Abstract

This paper explores the connection between NGOs and the growing international environmental regime. It questions the role these groups have played in building international law, arguing that they use soft power to overcome the interests of states in negotiations. After providing background on the idea of soft power, the paper uses three case studies to demonstrate the argument: the Rio Declaration, the Montreal Protocol, and the Kyoto Protocol. The findings from these studies challenge realism and support a constructivist analysis of international regime-building.

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