ARENA Tuesday Seminar: Solveig Aamodt

Solveig Aamodt will present the paper 'Explaining change in the EU's positions on justice in global climate governance' at the ARENA Tuesday Seminar on 11 December 2018.


Much has been written about the goal achievement of the EU in international climate politics and how this has changed over time. In this paper, we argue that these assessments tend to overlook that one of the reasons for shifts in negotiation success is that the EU has changed its positions over time. Detecting and explaining these changes have been largely overlooked in the literature thus far. In this paper, we do just that, zooming specifically in on climate justice. We outline two different theoretical conceptions of justice in international governance, and then we assess shifts in the EU's positions in the international climate negotiations from COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009 and COP 21 Paris in 2015 in relation to these conceptions. To explain this change, we develop a theoretical framework that captures changes along two dimensions: external and internal change and cultural-cognitive changes as well as structural-formal changes. We give particular attention to how the external changes, cultural-cognitive as well as structural-formal, are changed by the BASIC-countries.  We find that the EU's internal structural changes after Copenhagen led to internal cultural changes in the EU's understanding of its role in the negotiations. Further, the increase in bilateral dialogues with the BASIC countries, increased the trust between the parties in the negotiations, decreasing the EU's perception that internationally binding commitments for all was necessary for reaching an ambitious agreement.

The paper is co-authored by Solveig Aamodt and Elin Lerum Boasson, presented by Solveig Aamodt. It is written as part of part of the Horizon 2020 funded project Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice (GLOBUS).

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The paper will be available for download one week before the seminar.

Published Aug. 31, 2018 11:31 AM - Last modified Nov. 6, 2018 2:38 PM