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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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Disinterest and Resistance

Disinterest and Resistance

The EU-India Relationship

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European Climate Leadership in Question

Diarmuid Torney

The MIT Press

This chapter traces the development of EU-India relations on climate change and makes three principal arguments. First, the EU sought to develop engagement with the Indian Government on climate change, particularly in the period from 2005, but this was constrained significantly by the troubled development of the broader EU-India relationship. Neither side is the other’s main external priority or point of reference in world politics, and there has been a wide disconnect across a broad range of policy issues. Furthermore, the Indian Government showed little interest in developing its relationship with the EU as a whole, preferring to deal with individual member states. Second, the EU sought to develop engagement through a combination of institutionalized dialogue and capacity-building through project-based cooperation. However, the extent of both mechanisms has been extremely limited, partly as a result of resistance on the Indian side but partly also as a result of a lack of capacity on the EU side. Third, while there was very limited evidence of normative emulation on the part of the Indian Government, there was no significant evidence of lesson-drawing, and the predominant Indian response was one of strong resistance, particularly with respect to the international climate negotiations and the extension of the EU-ETS to international aviation.

Keywords:   European Union, India, EU-India, Climate change, UNFCCC, Environment, Leadership, Followership

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