Master of Arts
Date of Defense
David B. Robertson, PhD
J. Martin Rochester
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.
Chambers, Benjamin James, "NGOs, Soft Power, and Environmental Politics" (2012). Theses. 283.