China and the UN Climate Regime: Climate Responsibility from an English School Perspective

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This paper analyzes how states have negotiated, distributed, and contested responsibilities within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It applies the English School (ES) theory and argues that climate responsibility constitutes an emerging primary institution of international society. Due to its rising great power status, China plays an increasingly important role in social processes in which international society defines and distributes states’ responsibilities, especially those of the great powers, now and in the future. Therefore, this paper pays particular attention to China’s contribution to the UNFCCC. Ultimately, the paper offers ES empirical observations about the relationship between primary and secondary institutions as well as the role of agency in institutional change.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)59-74
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed