Climate policy in France:Between national interest and global solidarity?


Szarka, J., 2011. Climate policy in France:Between national interest and global solidarity? Politique Européenne, 33, pp. 155-183.

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This article investigates the evolving relationships between national interests and the global solidarity principles emerging from the 1992 UNFCCC. It argues that France developed a distinctive climate policy template, which allowed modest but significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. However, faced with heightened climate challenges, policy elites in the 2000s hesitated between focusing on long-standing national interests and rescuing the policy template, or responding to global solidarity principles and substantially revising it. The article concludes that ambitious policy measures were proposed but not implemented due to the persistence of a construal of national interest in terms of short-term economic competitiveness, but also because of the underdevelopment of the international climate regime between the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2009 Copenhagen Accord.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsSzarka, J.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Politics Languages and International Studies
ID Code20771


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