Climatic Change

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 621–642

Structural and Process History of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

  • Shardul Agrawala

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005312331477

Cite this article as:
Agrawala, S. Climatic Change (1998) 39: 621. doi:10.1023/A:1005312331477


In the nine years since its establishment in 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has attempted to walk the tightrope of being scientifically sound and politically acceptable. This paper investigates how the IPCC has evolved over two assessment cycles. It provides an in-depth examination of important characteristics of the IPCC process including the peer review mechanism, participation of developing countries, and its interactions with the intergovernmental negotiation process on climate change.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shardul Agrawala
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  1. 1.Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International AffairsPrinceton UniversityPrincetonU.S.A.