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EU som global aktör: En fallstudie av klimatförhandlingarna i Köpenhamn
Södertörn University College, School of Social Sciences.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay examines the European Union’s (EU) ability to play a leading role as a global actor on the world stage in international relations. Specifically, this essay studies the EU’s role of negotiator in the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.  This essay also analyzes explanations for this role. Research is based on case studies, with conclusions drawn using an inductive approach. Analyses are based on International Relations Theory, with conclusions derived from the two main approaches in IR-theory - Realism and Liberalism. It is noted that the EU wanted to play an important role in the negotiations, through leading by example and consistently working towards a common, universal treaty for all involved, which is consistent with the Liberalist approach. However, the conference ended with the American president negotiating alone with four other countries, leaving the remaining one hundred and eighty-eight countries to either accept or reject the agreement without changes. This supports the Realist approach in IR-theory.  Therefore, the essay’s overall conclusions demonstrate that both the Liberalist and Realist approaches were present during this conference. 

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2010. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
European Union (EU), Climate Change Conference, International Relations, Global Actor, Copenhagen
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-3547OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-3547DiVA, id: diva2:323831
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2010-06-14 Created: 2010-06-12 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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