Institutions Building in the Contemporary World: The Case of Funding Mechanism and Policies in UNFCCC Negotiations

  • M. N. I. SorkarEmail author
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This paper focuses on policies with regard to climate finance and how the evolution of the Financial Mechanism occurred. It employs the framing theory to illustrate how the issues related to climate finance had been framed up at the negotiation table and why a new operating entity embodying distinct policies emerged. The theory is widely used in the field of communication research, but, to date, has been rarely applied to the multilateral negotiation process. Applying the theory, this paper conducts a content and frame analysis, develops a historic map, and traces the process of the evolution of the frames. It identifies a process of frame generation through the contested rhetoric framing of the actors in line with their primary logics. The primary logics are shaped by the mental schemata of the actors. The generated frames, termed here ‘action frames’, again went through the similar process until reaching the agreement and yielding new institutional norms. The work develops a distinct framework to conceive such complex processes structurally. It has the potential to serve as an example to explain, similar cases systematically with regard to the global collective commons.


Framing Climate negotiations Funding mechanism Power 


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  1. 1.Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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