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The Climate Change Convention and Developing Countries : From Conflict to Consensus? - J. Gupta

The Climate Change Convention and Developing Countries

From Conflict to Consensus?

By: J. Gupta

Hardcover Published: 1st June 1997
ISBN: 9780792345770
Number Of Pages: 249

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The climate change problem can only be effectively dealt with if global anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be reduced substantially. Since the emission of such gases is closely related to the economic growth of countries, a critical problem to be addressed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) is: how will the permissible emission levels be shared between industrialised (ICs) and developing countries (DCs)? The thesis of this book is that the long-term effectiveness of the FCCC runs the risk of a horizontal negotiation deadlock between countries and the risk of vertical standstill within countries if there is little domestic support for the domestic implementation of measures being announced in international negotiations. The research question is: Can one observe trends towards horizontal deadlock and vertical standstill and if yes, how can the treaty design be improved so as to avoid such potential future bottlenecks? The research focuses on the perspectives of domestic actors on the climate convention and related issues in four developing countries: India, Indonesia, Kenya and Brazil. The following key findings emerge from the research: 1. Handicapped negotiating power: The common theme of the foreign policy of DCs is that ICs are responsible for the bulk of the GHG emissions and need to take appropriate domestic action.

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Preface and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations, journals and scientific units
The climate change issuep. 1
A theoretical frameworkp. 21
The domestic context: Opportunities and risksp. 46
Foreign policy: Between solidarity and fighting inequalityp. 74
GEF: The case of power politicsp. 99
Joint Implementation: Between hope and angstp. 116
Policy options and related non-decisionsp. 132
The politics of climate sciencep. 150
The science of climate politicsp. 166
Towards enhanced cooperationp. 179
Referencesp. 206
List of treaties and other international legal instrumentsp. 223
Table of cases UN and other international documentsp. 224
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Changep. 225
List of questions for the interviewsp. 242
Matrix of intervieweesp. 244
Indexp. 246
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ISBN: 9780792345770
ISBN-10: 0792345770
Series: Environment & Policy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 249
Published: 1st June 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.22