'Great Powers' in climate politics

  • Brenton A
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Abstract

The concept of 'Great Powers' extends well beyond its nineteenth century origins to current business in, for example, the EU, the UN Security Council, and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Such core groups can be crucial to finding agreement in complex and fractured negotiations. Climate change was not initially seen as an issue for the Great Power-type architecture. The problem was of universal concern, requiring universal involvement. Moreover, climate's natural great powers (the EU, the US, China, Japan, Russia, Brazil, India, and Canada) split into three antagonistic camps: the EU pressing for sharp emissions reductions

Author-supplied keywords

  • COP 15
  • Copenhagen Summit
  • UNFCCC
  • climate change politics
  • climate negotiations
  • international negotiations
  • political processes

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  • Anthony Brenton

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