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Designing European governing institutions for climate futures


This project is designed to look at how various governments are responding to the demands being made on them by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The results clarify the relationship between international obligation and national democratic sovereignty with a view to redefining the notion of sovereignty in global environmental management.

The four case studies examined are the EC institutions, the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway. This choice of cases encompasses a variety of perceptions, interests and competences in dealing with greenhouse gases emissions.

The project examines how each of the mentioned national governments and the European institutions are interpreting the Framework Convention, especially concerning the following issues:

i) the present role of subsidiarity, or who is in charge of policy formulation;

ii) the legal interpretation of key principles such as precaution, common but differentiated responsibility, and ecological tolerance;

iii) the methods of achieving greenhouse reduction, of setting targets and of designing legal, policy and regulatory structures to foster compliance.

The research provides information which can allow an improvement in the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of policy formulation in respect of climate change.

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