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The EU's role in climate change negotiations: from leader to 'leadiator'

Bäckstrand, Karin LU and Elgström, Ole LU (2013) In Journal of European Public Policy 20(10). p.1369-1386
Abstract
We start with two puzzles: first, how to explain the European Union (EU)'s decline as a climate change leader at the Copenhagen summit? Second, how to understand the partial revival of its leadership position at the Durban climate summit? We advance a twofold explanation, focusing on changes in relative power relations among major powers but also on negotiation strategies and coalition building. In Copenhagen, the EU had a normative agenda and unrealistic expectations and thereby failed to forge any bridge-building coalitions. In Durban, it had moved towards a pragmatic strategy, attuned to the realities of changing power constellations. The EU approached developing countries that shared its desire for a legally binding regime covering all... (More)
We start with two puzzles: first, how to explain the European Union (EU)'s decline as a climate change leader at the Copenhagen summit? Second, how to understand the partial revival of its leadership position at the Durban climate summit? We advance a twofold explanation, focusing on changes in relative power relations among major powers but also on negotiation strategies and coalition building. In Copenhagen, the EU had a normative agenda and unrealistic expectations and thereby failed to forge any bridge-building coalitions. In Durban, it had moved towards a pragmatic strategy, attuned to the realities of changing power constellations. The EU approached developing countries that shared its desire for a legally binding regime covering all major emitters and probed compromises with veto players, such as China and the US. This bridge-building strategy was combined with a conditional pledge to agree to an extension of the Kyoto Protocol. In sum, the EU acted as a leadiator', a leader-cum-mediator. (Less)
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Climate change, coalition building, emerging powers, European Union, leadership, negotiation strategy
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Journal of European Public Policy
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20
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10
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1369 - 1386
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Taylor & Francis
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1350-1763
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10.1080/13501763.2013.781781
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  author       = {Bäckstrand, Karin and Elgström, Ole},
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  keyword      = {Climate change,coalition building,emerging powers,European Union,leadership,negotiation strategy},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {10},
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  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Journal of European Public Policy},
  title        = {The EU's role in climate change negotiations: from leader to 'leadiator'},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2013.781781},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2013},
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