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Acknowledgments It’s been a long road. I owe a great debt to many friends, family members, mentors, and colleagues for their varied forms of support for this project over the years. I am especially grateful to my dissertation advisor and friend Kate O’Neill. Her scholarship, commitment to graduate advising, and strength of character in the face of immense challenges continue to be a source of great inspiration. Thank you, Kate. My colleagues at American University have also been particularly important in this journey. Since taking on the leadership of the Global Environmental Politics Program at the university, Ken Conca has spent countless hours reading and commenting on various drafts of this manuscript , often at the expense of his own work. Paul Wapner’s guidance has also been invaluable in helping me to see the forest for the trees. I am deeply grateful to both of them for their incredible mentorship. I will never be able to pay back the time, insight, and encouragement you have provided me. I hope you will accept, instead, my deep gratitude and my promise to pay it forward. My writing group at the School of International Service (SIS) has also been enormously helpful; thanks to David Bosco, Jeff Colgan, Jordan Tama, and Sharon Weiner for our lively and always constructive discussions . Thank you for leaving your egos at the door, and for reminding me that I do this work not merely as a means to a professional end, but because with the right intellectual community, this work is loads of fun. Special thanks are due to SIS Dean Jim Goldgeier for treating my success as an indicator of his own. His support for my book workshop allowed me to benefit from a full-day discussion and critique of my manuscript with Steven Bernstein, Ken Conca, Beth DeSombre, Tammi Gutner, Virginia Haufler, and Sharon Weiner. Those discussions were instrumental in pulling this project across the finish line. I am so grateful to those who participated for their time and candor about the xvi Acknowledgments remaining shortcomings of the manuscript and their suggestions for how to address them. I very much hope you will be pleased with the final product. Thanks are also due to several other mentors and colleagues who have offered varied forms of guidance and insight. These include Mark Axelrod, Sammy Barkin, Pam Chasek, Sally Fairfax, Garrett Graddy, Patrick Jackson, Simon Nicholson, Coleman O’Criodain, Mike Schroeder , Judy Shapiro, Matt Taylor, Steve Weber, David Winickoff, and Mana Zarinejad (and her staff at SIS’s International Affairs Research Institute). Thank you all for your generosity. This research would not have been possible without the access and connections afforded me through my work with the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and the United Nations Environment Program’s Economics and Trade Branch (UNEP-ETB). Indeed, the endless hours I spent transcribing negotiation proceedings were what led me to the original idea for this project, and the ENB badge and UNEP-ETB letterhead won me the trust of many interviewees otherwise working behind their “veils of legitimacy.” Many thanks to Pam Chasek, Kimo Goree, Ben Simmons, and Chris Spence for these opportunities, and to my many ENB colleagues , especially Soledad Aguilar, Karen Alvarenga, Alexandra Conliffe, Stefan Jungcurt, Kati Kulovesi, Kelly Levin, and Miquel Muñoz for sharing their deep empirical expertise and friendship with me over the years. A huge thanks is also due also to the many secretariat staff, state delegates, and NGO representatives who were so generous with their time in speaking with me about what they do both in public view and, in many cases, behind the scenes. I hope you will find that I fairly and accurately represented your work in the pages that follow. I have also been blessed with an incredible cadre of intelligent and enthusiastic research assistants. Special thanks to Layla Farhat, Sara Lacey, Abby Lindsay, and Michaela Samodelov for their countless hours of work in helping me get this project off my desk. You’ve saved my sanity … really. Many thanks to Clay Morgan at the MIT Press for his patience with me through this revision process, and to the three anonymous reviewers for their thorough and incredibly helpful critiques of earlier versions of the manuscript. It should be acknowledged here as well that earlier analyses of two of the case studies included in this book were previously published in the journal Global Environmental Politics (MIT Press). The full citations to these articles are included in the reference list at...


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