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Introduction: European Union climate leadership

Connelly, James; Wurzel, Rudiger K.W.; Liefferink, Duncan


James Connelly

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Professor Rudi Wurzel
Professor of Comparative European Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Studies.

Duncan Liefferink


There is no shortage of would-be leaders in EU climate change politics. The EU institutions (e.g. European Council, Council of the EU, Commission and the European Parliament (EP)), member states and societal actors have all, though to varying degrees and at different time periods, tried to offer leadership in EU and international climate change politics. Importantly, public support for EU environmental policy in general, and climate change policy in particular, has been consistently high (e.g. Eurobarometer 2015). The economic recession which followed the 2008 financial crises triggered only a moderate drop in public support for EU action on climate change, although considerable variation exists between member states.


Connelly, J., Wurzel, R. K., & Liefferink, D. (2016). Introduction: European Union climate leadership. In The European Union in International Climate Change Politics: Still Taking a Lead? (3-19). Routledge.

Online Publication Date Nov 25, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2016
Deposit Date Oct 10, 2016
Publicly Available Date May 29, 2018
Journal The European Union in international climate change politics
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 3-19
Book Title The European Union in International Climate Change Politics: Still Taking a Lead?
ISBN 9781317237303
Keywords Environment and sustainability, Environmental politics, Politics and international relations, European politics, European Union politics
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