What Shapes Colombia’s Foreign Position on Climate Change?

Colombia Internacional. 2018;94:27-51 DOI 10.7440/colombiaint94.2018.02


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Journal Title: Colombia Internacional

ISSN: 0121-5612 (Print); 1900-6004 (Online)

Publisher: Universidad de los Andes

Society/Institution: Universidad de los Andes, Departamento de Ciencia Política

LCC Subject Category: Political science: International relations | Political science: Political science (General)

Country of publisher: Colombia

Language of fulltext: English, Portuguese, Spanish

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María Camila Bustos (Dejusticia (Colombia))


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Time From Submission to Publication: 52 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Colombia presents a revealing and much needed case study which helps us to understand the formulation of foreign policy on climate change in rising developing countries. This paper analyzes the main factors which shape Colombia’s position, and provides useful insights into the evolution of the country’s international stance on climate change and the role in it of the bargaining among government agencies and interest groups. It concludes that Colombia’s policy has been governed by its institutional structure, ecological vulnerability, emission abatement costs, wish to enhance its global prestige and seek benefits from international cooperation, strategic aims at the United Nations climate negotiations, and the limited influence of domestic pressure groups.