Dynamics of transition to a low-carbon economy across Europe

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2019
Hızlıok, Sena Setenay
This thesis aims to examine the dynamics of transition to a low-carbon economy (LCE) across Europe through transition frameworks of European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK), Germany, Poland and Turkey. Contrary to the general approaches in transition literature which study transitions as almost purely national processes, this thesis suggests that low-carbon transitions are global processes that require international cooperation. Within this scope, the thesis attempts to explore the dynamics of transition to an LCE through international developments, EU-level strategies and national circumstances from a neoclassical realist perspective. From such a perspective, transition processes of EU and four European states will be examined through their policies, strategies, targets and policy instruments upon their distinctive characteristics and reactions towards international developments. In accordance with these examinations, the thesis suggests that EU level transition policies and policy instruments create a dynamic and inclusive environment for international cooperation; however, states tend to be a part of this environment to the extent that their relative powers and domestic circumstances allow.
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S. S. Hızlıok, “Dynamics of transition to a low-carbon economy across Europe,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. European Studies., Middle East Technical University, 2019.