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Advancing Ambition

Interests and Arguments in EU Climate Policy-Making

by Werner Schäfer (Author)
©2012 Thesis 460 Pages

Summary

This book explains under which conditions the European Union adopts ambitious domestic climate policies. It presents a theoretical framework that combines insights from rational choice institutionalism and the constructivist literature on political rhetoric. Its main argument is that ambitious sectoral climate policies emerge in situations in which the opponents of such policies run out of socially sustainable arguments to defend their positions. The framework is applied to five case studies of EU climate policy-making concerning cars, buildings, the EU’s emissions trading system (EU ETS), the promotion of renewable energy sources as well as agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

Details

Pages
460
Year
2012
ISBN (PDF)
9783653017175
ISBN (Softcover)
9783631636220
DOI
10.3726/978-3-653-01717-5
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (July)
Keywords
Renewable Energy Directive Erneuerbare Energien Rational Choice CO2 EU ETS Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 459 pp., 65 tables, 8 graphs

Biographical notes

Werner Schäfer (Author)

Werner Schäfer holds degrees in Social Studies from Harvard College and in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen and the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris. He completed his PhD in political science at the University of St. Gallen and works for an international management consultancy in Munich and Berlin.

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