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Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional

Print version ISSN 0034-7329

Rev. bras. polít. int. vol.55 no.spe Brasília  2012

 

Climate governance in an international system under conservative hegemony: the role of major powers

 

 

The article "Climate governance in an international system under conservative hegemony: the role of major powers" by Eduardo Viola, Matias Franchini and Thais Lemos Ribeiro discusses in conceptual and empirical terms, the structure of global climate change governance, through an exploratory research, aiming at identifying the key elements that allow understanding its dynamics. This discussion is grounded in the following framework: we now live in an international system under conservative hegemony that is unable to properly respond to the problems of interdependence, among which - and mainly - the climate issue.

The article defines the existence of eighth major powers considering as criterions a high share of global carbon emissions and the availability of human and technological capital for the transition to a low carbon economy: United States, China, European Union, India, Russia, Brazil, Japan and South Korea. Considering the effective behavior of the countries in terms of trajectory of carbon emissions and effective mitigation policies the article finds a cleavage between the behavior of conservative countries (Russia and India) and moderate conservative countries (USA, China and Brazil) from one side and reformist countries (European Union, South Korea and Japan) from the other side.

 

 

Contact:
Eduardo Viola
International Relation's Institute at University of Brasília (Instituto de Relações Internacionais da Universidade de Brasília - iRel-UnB).
E-mail: eduviola@gmail.com

Matías Franchini
International Relation's Institute at University of Brasília (Instituto de Relações Internacionais da Universidade de Brasília - iRel-UnB).
E-mail: matifranchi@yahoo.com.ar

Taís Ribeiro
International Relation's Institute at University of Brasília (Instituto de Relações Internacionais da Universidade de Brasília - iRel-UnB)
Banco do Brasil advisor at the Sustainable Development Unity, since 2010.
E-mail: tlemosribeiro@gmail.com

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