Coalition defection

So, as time goes on, and costs of being in one coalition rise (especially if it is taking unpopular positions, or engaging in rough tactics), then some members of a “closed industry front” may want to peel away.

I’m thinking of BP and Shell leaving the Global Climate Coalition in 1997, of Nike leaving the US Chamber of Commerce a few years back, and of the battles in the Business Council of Australia and AIGN over Kyoto ratification in the late 1990s and early 2000s (see Clive Hamilton’s Scorcher and Guy Pearse’s “High and Dry”).

This is obviously something that more determined (or more-to-lose) members of the coalition will try to prevent, either by threats or side payments, social pressure etc…


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