publication . Thesis . 2017

Between a Rock of Global Security and a Hard Place of Domestic Growth: China's Role in Climate Action as an Unsuspected Norm Maker

Clini, Carlo;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2017
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Climate change has been a contentious issue in international politics, and academic and scientific communities. Its progressive move into the sphere of "high politics" has paralleled a structural shift in the global centres of power, especially towards the emerging economies of China, India, Brazil, and South Africa. Among them, Beijing is playing an increasingly pivotal economic, political, diplomatic, and military role. \ud In this context, as climate change has emerged as a major policy issue in national and international security affairs, an increasing number of countries have started to urge China to take on binding emission reduction commitments commensura...
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Chapter I: Introduction..............................................................................................................10 1.1 Climate Change, Sustainable Development and International Security……….............10 1.2 Research Question……………………………………………………….…………….19 1.2.1 The First Element of China's Identity Shift: China Opening Up to the World……20 1.2.2 The Second Element of China's Identity Shift: China's Environmental Crisis.....25 1.2.3 The Third Element of China's Identity Shift: Energy Security……………..……30 1.2.4 China's Identity Shift: Conclusions………...…………………………………….32 1.3 Core Argument...............................................................................................................33 1.4 Outline of the Dissertation.............................................................................................37

Chapter II: Theoretical Framework..........................................................................................40 2.1The North-South Divide and the Rise of China as a Global South Leader in ICCN…..40 2.2 International Relations Theory and the Rise of China: Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism…………………………………………………………………...……….43 2.2.1 The Rise of China through the Lens of Realism...................................................44 2.2.2 The Rise of China through the Lens of Liberalism...............................................46 2.2.3 Rethinking the Rise of China through a Constructivist Approach………………50 2.3 Normative Power China................................................................................................54 2.4 “Norm Making” and “Normative Power” …………………………………………....60

Chapter III: Methodology…………………………………………………………………….63 3.1 Data Collection………………………………………………………………..............63 3.2 Data Processing: Document and Literature Analysis…………………………………68 3.3 Data Processing: Discourse Analysis…………………………………………………70

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