European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India

European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India

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European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India by Diarmuid Torney

An analysis of the European Union's engagement with China and India on climate change policy that sheds light on Europe's claim to international climate leadership.

The European Union has long portrayed itself as an international leader on climate change. In this book, the first systematic assessment of Europe's claim to climate leadership, Diarmuid Torney analyzes the EU's engagement with China and India on climate policies from 1990 to the present.

Torney develops an analytical framework for assessing EU climate leadership that charts the factors driving the EU's engagement with China and India, the form of the engagement, and the Chinese and Indian response. He argues that EU engagement was driven by a desire to build its international role, growing concern regarding climate impacts, and an interest in the economic opportunities provided by the transition to a low-carbon global economy. European engagement with China and India took the form of institutionalized dialogue and capacity-building, with more extensive contact with China than with India. He finds little evidence of coherence between the EU's external climate change policies and other policy areas. Indeed, the overriding priority in both relationships was the deepening of trade.

Torney shows that China responded to the EU with limited normative emulation and lesson drawing; India's principal response was resistance. He argues that both European leadership on climate change and Chinese and Indian “followership” were severely constrained by a variety of factors, including the nature and extent of the EU's capabilities and the domestic politics, normative frames, and material interests of China and India, which did not align with the EU's agenda.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262527828
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 07/24/2015
Series: Earth System Governance
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


Diarmuid Torney is Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University.


Frank Biermann is Research Professor of Global Sustainability Governance with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University and the author of Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene (MIT Press).


Oran R. Young is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Institutional Dynamics: Emergent Patterns in International Environmental Governance (MIT Press) and other books.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xv

1 Introduction 1

2 Conceptualizing EU External Climate Relations 19

3 Drivers of EU External Climate Relations 35

4 The Normative Gap in European, Chinese, and Indian Climate Relations 73

5 From Reluctance to Engagement: The EU-China Relationship 97

6 Disinterest and Resistance: The EU-India Relationship 145

7 Conclusion 183

Notes 215

References 225

Index 259

What People are Saying About This

Robert Falkner

This book is a stunning achievement. At a time of growing tensions in the international climate negotiations, Torney's European Climate Leadership in Question examines Europe's troubled efforts to engage emerging powers in a global climate deal. Based on a carefully crafted empirical study of EU relations with China and India, this book offers novel insights into what it takes to be a successful leader in global environmental politics.

Robyn Eckersley

Climate leadership is desperately needed and widely discussed yet poorly understood. In this rich and empirically grounded comparative study of the EU's bilateral climate relations with China and India, Diarmuid Torney provides some much needed conceptual clarity on the relationship between would-be leaders and followers, and how climate leadership might be better achieved by the EU in its external relations. This book provides valuable lessons for not only climate diplomats but also climate champions in all walks of life who are seeking to build political support across national boundaries.

From the Publisher

This book is a stunning achievement. At a time of growing tensions in the international climate negotiations, Torney's European Climate Leadership in Question examines Europe's troubled efforts to engage emerging powers in a global climate deal. Based on a carefully crafted empirical study of EU relations with China and India, this book offers novel insights into what it takes to be a successful leader in global environmental politics.

Robert Falkner, Associate Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, and editor of The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy

By shedding light on the EU's dealings with China and India on climate change, this important book makes a weighty contribution to advancing our understanding of increasingly prominent bilateral relations in international climate politics and in world politics at large.

Sebastian Oberthür, Academic Director, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Climate leadership is desperately needed and widely discussed yet poorly understood. In this rich and empirically grounded comparative study of the EU's bilateral climate relations with China and India, Diarmuid Torney provides some much needed conceptual clarity on the relationship between would-be leaders and followers, and how climate leadership might be better achieved by the EU in its external relations. This book provides valuable lessons for not only climate diplomats but also climate champions in all walks of life who are seeking to build political support across national boundaries.

Robyn Eckersley, Professor and Head of Political Science, University of Melbourne

Endorsement

Climate leadership is desperately needed and widely discussed yet poorly understood. In this rich and empirically grounded comparative study of the EU's bilateral climate relations with China and India, Diarmuid Torney provides some much needed conceptual clarity on the relationship between would-be leaders and followers, and how climate leadership might be better achieved by the EU in its external relations. This book provides valuable lessons for not only climate diplomats but also climate champions in all walks of life who are seeking to build political support across national boundaries.

Robyn Eckersley, Professor and Head of Political Science, University of Melbourne

Sebastian Oberthür

By shedding light on the EU's dealings with China and India on climate change, this important book makes a weighty contribution to advancing our understanding of increasingly prominent bilateral relations in international climate politics and in world politics at large.

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