The Role of the European Union at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

Kellerhaus, Franziska (2010) The Role of the European Union at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

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Abstract:Climate change is a global and urgent problem affecting all countries around the globe. The European Union has been actively engaging in the international efforts to combat climate change and even sought to take on a leading role in the international climate regime. The ultimate aim of this thesis is thus to assess the role played by the EU at the UN climate change conference, held in Copenhagen in December 2009. Yet the EU is not a state nor an orthodox international organisation. Therefore the thesis first of all assesses the status of the EU in global politics, by means of criteria elaborated by Jupille/Caporaso and Vogler/Bretherton. Subsequently the Union’s role in past climate negotiations is being regarded. For the assessment of the EU’s role indicators have been conceptualised that closely resemble the leadership approach developed by Lindenthal. Having clarified the EU’s actorness and role in past negotiation processes the thesis turns to the conference in Copenhagen. The EU’s actorness to participate at the conference is proved before ultimately its role at the climate summit is being assessed. Thereby the conclusion is reached that the Union failed to take on a leading role in the international negotiations in Copenhagen.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60336
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