Tomorrow's UN climate summit in New York brings together policymakers from around the globe to facilitate reaching agreement on an effective climate deal in 2015. Given the frequent warnings from international scientists about the dangers of global warming and the role of human activity as well as months marked by several destructive extreme weather events, it seems important to ask just what will it take for countries to reach agreement on a climate treaty.
SNSF Research Professor at the University of St.Gallen's Department of Political Science
Michael M. Bechtel is an SNSF Research Professor at the University of St.Gallen's Department of Political Science. He specializes in comparative and international political economy with a focus on the politics of economic and environmental risks. Current projects examine mass support for climate cooperation, the politics of natural disasters, and individual preferences for financial bailouts. His articles have appeared in various international academic journals including some of the leading political science and multidisciplinary science outletsHe has been a visiting scholar at New York University, Stanford University, Yale University, and other academic institutions. Bechtel holds a BA in Political Science, Economics, Law, and Philosophy (University of Freiburg, 2003), an MA in Political Science, Economics, and Public Law (University of Freiburg, 2005), a PhD in Political Science (University of Konstanz, 2008), and a Habilitation in Political Science (ETH Zurich, 2012).
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