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Assessing the European Union’s global climate change leadership: from Copenhagen to the Paris Agreement
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0407-3939
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Linkoping Univ, Ctr Climate Sci & Policy Res, S-58183 Linkoping, Sweden..
2017 (English)In: Journal of European Integration, ISSN 0703-6337, E-ISSN 1477-2280, Vol. 39, no 2, 239-252 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This contribution examines the role European Union (EU) leadership played in the outcome of the 2015 COP21 climate summit in Paris. The EU’s attempts to realise its bid for climate change leadership are scrutinised by investigating to what extent the EU is actually recognised as a leader by potential followers and to what extent the EU has succeeded in achieving its negotiation objectives. To address these issues we utilize survey data collected at eight UN climate summits from 2008 to 2015 and evaluate the results of the climate negotiations particularly with respect to the Union’s goal attainment in Copenhagen and Paris. Our findings, which reveal a fragmented leadership landscape in which the EU must adjust its leadership strategies in relation to other powerful actors, such as the United States and China, provide insights into leadership theory and the EU’s prospects for exerting influence as an external actor on the world stage.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 39, no 2, 239-252 p.
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Climate change negotiations, Copenhagen summit, COP 21 Paris summit, European Union (EU), leadership, Paris Agreement
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-319047DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2016.1275608ISI: 000395128600010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-319047DiVA: diva2:1085949
Available from: 2017-03-30 Created: 2017-03-30 Last updated: 2017-04-25Bibliographically approved

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