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European Union Foreign Policy and the Global Climate Regime

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Simon Schunz

Ever since the first international negotiations on climate change in the early 1990s, the European Union has aspired to play a leading role in global climate politics.
This book engages in a longitudinal analysis of the EU’s participation in and impact on the United Nations climate regime.
It provides not only comprehensive insights into the evolution of EU foreign climate policy, but also a thought-provoking audit of the potential and limits of the EU’s influence in a major domain of global affairs.
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Foreword and Acknowledgements

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This book is the fruit of a long-term research project on a fascinating topic: climate change and the role of the EU in the global attempts to combat it. It comprises the significantly revised version of my doctoral dissertation, defended in October 2010 at the University of Leuven (KULeuven). Neither this book nor the thesis would have seen the light of day without the intellectual input of my supervisors, Prof. Hans Bruyninckx (KULeuven, European Environment Agency) and Prof. Stephan Keukeleire (KULeuven, College of Europe), to whom I feel deeply indebted. I am equally thankful to Prof. Bart Kerremans, Prof. Jan Wouters (KULeuven, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies) and the external assessors, Prof. Philipp Pattberg (Free University of Amsterdam) and Prof. John Vogler (Keele University), for serving on the doctoral jury that assessed the thesis. The study would not have been written without the financial support provided through the interdisciplinary KULeuven Impuls project “The European Union and multilateral governance” (2006–2010). I would also like to express my gratitude to the editors of the College of Europe Studies series, particularly Prof. Sieglinde Gstöhl, as well as to the team at Peter Lang’s Brussels office.

Many of my colleagues affiliated with the Institute for International and European Policy and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies made valuable contributions to this research project over the years. I am particularly grateful to Dr. Rouba Al-Fattal, Sue Basu, David Belis, Dr. Sofie Bouteligier, Dr. Tim Corthaut, Prof. Tom Delreux, Dr....

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