Journal article

National identities, international roles, and the legitimation of climate leadership: Germany and Norway compared

Robyn Eckersley

Environmental Politics | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) confers an obligation on developed states to lead in mitigation. This obligation challenges traditional conceptions of the modern state by calling forth a more outward looking state that is able to serve both the national and international communities in the service of global climate protection. Yet, the more skeptical theories of the ecological state suggest that climate leaders will only emerge if they can connect their climate strategy to the traditional state imperatives of economic growth or national security. How the governments of Germany and Norway, both relative climate leaders with ongoing fossil-fuel dependencies, ..

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