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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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(p.183) 7 Conclusion
European Climate Leadership in Question

Diarmuid Torney

The MIT Press

This chapter draws together the arguments of the book to provide a holistic assessment of EU climate leadership in its relations with China and India. Against a backdrop of changing constellations of power, interests, and outcomes in global climate governance, it seeks to understand the role of the EU in this crucial arena of world politics. While the EU sought to develop and deepen cooperation on climate change with each of these rising powers, it did not develop sufficient capabilities for sustained engagement. In this context, the manner in which the two sets of relationships developed was, to a significant extent, driven by resistance on the part of China and India. The outcome was one of highly restricted European climate leadership. The chapter summarizes the empirical analysis and links the conclusions to broader themes of EU external relations and global environmental governance in order to identify future research and policy pathways.

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

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