This book provides an authoritative and far-reaching, yet controversial analysis of European efforts to implement and secure global action on climate change, and how this relates to wider questions about the role of European and global sustainability. Written by an experienced, international and multidisciplinary team of authors, the book analyzes internal EU policies, negotiating positions and outcomes. It looks at the underlying theoretical disputes that led to a wide range of divergent standpoints within the EU, and presents an intellectual structure based on different modes of leadership. It examines challenges to implementation in terms of policy instruments and governance levels, and the EU's overall strengths, weaknesses opportunities and threats.
The book argues that only Europe can lead the next phase of action, and could benefit by doing so - but warns that much needs to change if it is to do so effectively.
Foreword. Acknowledgements. Summary and overview. Policymakers summary. List of abbreviations. Part I: The EU and Leadership in International Climate and Environmental Regimes: Learning from Experience. 1. Climate change, leadership and the EU; M. Grubb, J. Gupta. 2. Leadership; M. Grubb, J. Gupta. 3. The complicated development of EU climate policy; J. Wettestad. 4. The role of the EU in climate negotiations; F. Yamin. 5. Perceptions of the EU's role; J. Gupta, N. van der Grijp. 6. The EU in international environmental regimes and the Energy Charter Treaty; S. Oberthur. Part II: Socio-Economic Analysis of Climate Policy Strategies. 7. Socio-economics of policy formation and choices; J.-C. Hourcade, et al. 8. The economics of coalition formation; C. Carraro. 9. Issue linkages to the sustainability agenda; W. Jung, R. Loske. 10. Economic dimensions of the Kyoto Protocol; J.-C. Hourcade, M. Grubb. Part III: Implementing EU Commitments on Climate Change. 11. Competence and subsidiarity; A. Dahl. 12. Emission reductions in EU countries; H.A. Aaheim, C. Bretteville. 13. Implementing EU Commitments under Kyoto; M. Grubb, J.-C. Hourcade. Part IV: Global Strategies and Scenarios. 14. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the EU; J. Gupta, N. van der Grijp. 15. Leadership scenarios; J. Gupta, N. van der Grijp. 16. Implementing European leadership; M. Grubb, J. Gupta. References. Annex I: Target differentiation and the `European Bubble'. Index.
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