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Cinnamon P. Carlarne

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553419

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553419.001.0001

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US and EU Laws and Policies Compared

US and EU Laws and Policies Compared

(p.237) 7 US and EU Laws and Policies Compared
Climate Change Law and Policy

Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne

Oxford University Press

The disparities—both perceived and real—between US and EU responses to climate change play a central role in defining the political parameters of on-going negotiations over a post-Kyoto agreement. While the EU and the US are only two actors at a sprawling negotiating table increasingly dominated by the rapidly developing economies, they are two of the players whose early expressions of interest and commitment helped shape the framework of the debate as well as the willingness of other key players to come to the table. And, while the EU and the US are often portrayed as sitting at opposite ends of the negotiating table, this depiction is neither accurate nor helpful. This chapter attempts to more thoroughly analyze convergences and divergences in US and EU climate strategies and to begin examining some of the key factors that influence the two regimes' legal and political approaches to climate change.

Keywords:   Convergence, Divergence, Measure for progress, Emission Reduction Commitment, Transportation, Economic centrality, Security, Policy mix, Source of leadership, Pushes and pulls

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