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Record number 562579
Title A new status quo? The psychological impact of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
Author(s) Rowell, Arden; Zeben, Josephine Van
Source European Journal of Risk Regulation 7 (2016)1. - ISSN 1867-299X - p. 49 - 53.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S1867299X00005377
Publication type Non-refereed article in scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Abstract

This brief opinion piece draws upon behavioural and cognitive research to argue that the Paris Agreement's goal of keeping global temperature change below 2 degrees Celsius sets a psychologically powerful baseline against which future policy failures can be measured. When international law successfully triggers perception of a baseline, it can lead decisionmakers to perceive deviations from that baseline as "losses." This implicates loss aversion, which provides an additional motivation to achieve international norms. The psychological impacts of this new status quo may end up being more powerful and more durable than either the unusual structure of the document or the domestic implementation questions that have already attracted so much scholarly debate.

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