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European Climate Leadership in QuestionPolicies toward China and India$
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Diarmuid Torney

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029360

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029360.001.0001

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Conceptualizing EU External Climate Relations

Conceptualizing EU External Climate Relations

(p.19) 2 Conceptualizing EU External Climate Relations
European Climate Leadership in Question

Diarmuid Torney

The MIT Press

This chapter develops an analytical framework for assessing EU climate leadership and followership which considers in turn the drivers of EU external engagement on climate change, the form of engagement, and the response of the Chinese and Indian Governments to EU engagement. The framework proceeds sequentially: the factors driving engagement are expected to influence the form that engagement takes, and the form of engagement in turn is expected to affect the response of other actors. In the first instance, the development of EU climate policies is dependent on both a set of internal (intra-EU) drivers, namely normative commitment, material interest, and polity-building. The drivers of the EU’s climate policies affect the form of EU external engagement, which is enabled and constrained by the nature and extent of EU capabilities, including issues of capacity, consistency, and coherence. The form of engagement in turn affects the response to engagement of prospective followers, which is conditioned by the domestic political structure of third countries, their perceptions of material interest, and their pre-existing normative frames.

Keywords:   European Union, China, India, Climate change, Leadership, Followership, Diffusion, Framing

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