Climate Negotiations and Transatlantic Relations

Mai'a Cross seeks to analyse the EU's approach to climate diplomacy in the article in the Journal of European Integration.

Journal of European Integration


There is arguably no security crisis so great as the one that stems from climate change. For some time, the EU, rather than the US, has led the way in terms of far-ranging policies to reduce carbon emissions. But despite the fact that the EU has been able to bind itself to strong environmental norms internally, it has – up until COP21 – been a relatively weak norm entrepreneur externally when seeking to convince others, especially the US, to adopt stronger environmental policies. Why was the EU finally able to increase its influence in the lead up and at the 2015 UN summit in Paris? This article argues that while the EU’s climate diplomacy has underperformed in the past, it has been quick to adapt since the 2009 Copenhagen summit through effectively broadening its epistemic community of climate diplomats, and engaging in a process of political learning.

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Mai'a K. Davis Cross
Partners at Paris? Climate Negotiations and Transatlantic Relations

Journal of European Integration, online 2018, Pages 1-16
DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2018.1487962

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Tags: Paris climate change agreement, epistemic community, Green Diplomacy Network, transatlantic relations, climate diplomacy
Published July 20, 2018 10:21 AM - Last modified Sep. 6, 2018 8:19 AM