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"Targets and Timetables" - Explaining the European Union’s Approach to International Climate Agreements

Silberberg, Hannah LU (2010) STVM17 20101
Department of Political Science
Abstract
For well over two decades, the European Union (EU) has been an important actor in climate change policy. It has developed a wide range of tools for its external and internal climate policy. This thesis examines the EU’s view on international climate agreements. The EU promotes a relatively stable approach to deal with the problem of climate change which is characterised by efforts to conclude legally binding and fair multilateral agreements, establishing ambitious long-term targets, allowing the EU to lead by example. This paper aims at identifying the underlying factors that drive this specific model. Through a qualitative case study of the EU’s climate approach it develops three categories of explanations. With the help of... (More)
For well over two decades, the European Union (EU) has been an important actor in climate change policy. It has developed a wide range of tools for its external and internal climate policy. This thesis examines the EU’s view on international climate agreements. The EU promotes a relatively stable approach to deal with the problem of climate change which is characterised by efforts to conclude legally binding and fair multilateral agreements, establishing ambitious long-term targets, allowing the EU to lead by example. This paper aims at identifying the underlying factors that drive this specific model. Through a qualitative case study of the EU’s climate approach it develops three categories of explanations. With the help of neo-institutionalist theories this thesis sheds light on the implications deriving from the internal dynamics and institutional settings of the EU. Thus, the central argument is that a mixture of factors that can be classified as institutions, interests and ideas determines the EU’s view on international climate agreements. (Less)
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author
Silberberg, Hannah LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM17 20101
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
EU climate policy, climate policy architectures, institutions, ideas, international climate agreements.
language
English
id
1607512
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2010-06-30 16:26:58
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  abstract     = {For well over two decades, the European Union (EU) has been an important actor in climate change policy. It has developed a wide range of tools for its external and internal climate policy. This thesis examines the EU’s view on international climate agreements. The EU promotes a relatively stable approach to deal with the problem of climate change which is characterised by efforts to conclude legally binding and fair multilateral agreements, establishing ambitious long-term targets, allowing the EU to lead by example. This paper aims at identifying the underlying factors that drive this specific model. Through a qualitative case study of the EU’s climate approach it develops three categories of explanations. With the help of neo-institutionalist theories this thesis sheds light on the implications deriving from the internal dynamics and institutional settings of the EU. Thus, the central argument is that a mixture of factors that can be classified as institutions, interests and ideas determines the EU’s view on international climate agreements.},
  author       = {Silberberg, Hannah},
  keyword      = {EU climate policy,climate policy architectures,institutions,ideas,international climate agreements.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Targets and Timetables" - Explaining the European Union’s Approach to International Climate Agreements},
  year         = {2010},
}