The 2°C target – a European norm enters the international stage: following the process to adoption in China

This empirical, qualitative study by Olivia Gippner (2016) uses the case of China to illustrate the role played by the EU as a leader and forerunner pushing for a 2° C target using diffusion mechanisms of persuasion and socialization.

PDF: The 2 °C target: a European norm enters the international stage—following the process to adoption in China International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 6 (1). 49-65. ISSN 1567-9764

In order to better understand and evaluate how international and European climate norms enter the global and domestic discourse, the article details the nascent theoretical debate and critically assesses the role of the scientific community as translating medium. In the field of climate change China has been an increasingly important member of the UNFCCC process and a key target of European engagement policies. Process tracing shows that British scientific and political personalities took central roles introducing the discourse about the 2 °C target in China. The article aims to set an example of possible trajectories a norm can follow and will require further testing in the future.

About the author: Olivia Gippner is a Dahrendorf postdoctoral fellow on EU-East Asia relations at LSE IDEAS. She holds a PhD in political science from Freie Universität Berlin and the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies for which she researched EU-China climate relations and Chinese policy-making. During her Master in Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore she focused her studies on the role of energy policy in development.