Populism is popular but generally gets a bad press — for good reasons. But could populism actually be a progressive force in domestic and even international politics? Recent movements such as Occupy Wall Street and the abortive Arab Spring suggest it might. This presentation previews my forthcoming book and considers — more in hope than expectation — whether a populist upsurge could actually mobilise around the issue of climate change. We will undoubtedly be forced to respond to climate change eventually, but thoughtful, constructive responses may no longer be possible by the time we do.
How and when do states agree not to disagree in multilateral negotiations? Consensus is more than a conference procedure or an outcome of decision making; it is a process norm in contemporary multilateral diplomacy. How do (small) states (vis-à-vis Pacific island states) build and reach consensus in multilateral climate change negotiations? The thesis explores the work of 14 Pacific island states delegations in various multilateral forums in the year 2015; the road to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement.