The European Union as a distinctive actor in global climate change policy

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2015
Sağsen, İlhan
This dissertation focus on the relationship with the international climate change policy and key actors’ positions on global climate negotiations. The main aim of this dissertation is to show that the European Union takes a different position than other international actors in terms of international climate change negotiation and policy. This distinction stems from the founding philosophy of the European Union and its environmentalist tradition. The argument of this dissertation is that whereas nation-states in general, great emitter states in particular, emphasize their national interests regarding climate change issues, the EU behaves in different way. This different behavior stems from the factors of ‘logic of action,’ ‘supranational decision-making mechanism’ and ‘its concern of spreading the EU standards.’ Despite the fact that there are different views on climate change policy among the EU members and the EU (because it is itself a great emitting body), these factors enable the EU to behave differently than other actors in the international climate change process.

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İ. Sağsen, “The European Union as a distinctive actor in global climate change policy,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2015.