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Has the dirty oil business gone green? The role of Multinational oil companies as a political actor on the issue of climate change

Björkenstam, Mia Nadine (2008)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The purpose of the paper is to look at what role businesses play in the next stage of the Kyoto Protocol. More specifically I look at the role of the oil and gas industry in the politics of climate change. I present a counter-intuitive argument. Conventional wisdom says that one would assume that the largest polluters are actually the ones who are resisting climate change regulations but I want to refute that idea. I am basing my thesis on the assumption that multinational oil companies put pressure on governments to come out with clear ?playing rules? about how to go about designing and implementing successor to the Kyoto Protocol. I want to first test if that assumption is correct and secondly find out why companies behave this way and... (More)
The purpose of the paper is to look at what role businesses play in the next stage of the Kyoto Protocol. More specifically I look at the role of the oil and gas industry in the politics of climate change. I present a counter-intuitive argument. Conventional wisdom says that one would assume that the largest polluters are actually the ones who are resisting climate change regulations but I want to refute that idea. I am basing my thesis on the assumption that multinational oil companies put pressure on governments to come out with clear ?playing rules? about how to go about designing and implementing successor to the Kyoto Protocol. I want to first test if that assumption is correct and secondly find out why companies behave this way and find out what is in it for them. My data empirical data showed that my assumption was correct and was able to attribute the firms behavior to Susan Strange three basic premises. (Less)
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author
Björkenstam, Mia Nadine
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
climate change, multinational oil company, crucial case study, government, bargaining, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1319064
date added to LUP
2008-09-03
date last changed
2008-09-03
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  abstract     = {The purpose of the paper is to look at what role businesses play in the next stage of the Kyoto Protocol. More specifically I look at the role of the oil and gas industry in the politics of climate change. I present a counter-intuitive argument. Conventional wisdom says that one would assume that the largest polluters are actually the ones who are resisting climate change regulations but I want to refute that idea. I am basing my thesis on the assumption that multinational oil companies put pressure on governments to come out with clear ?playing rules? about how to go about designing and implementing successor to the Kyoto Protocol. I want to first test if that assumption is correct and secondly find out why companies behave this way and find out what is in it for them. My data empirical data showed that my assumption was correct and was able to attribute the firms behavior to Susan Strange three basic premises.},
  author       = {Björkenstam, Mia Nadine},
  keyword      = {climate change,multinational oil company,crucial case study,government,bargaining,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Has the dirty oil business gone green? The role of Multinational oil companies as a political actor on the issue of climate change},
  year         = {2008},
}