This paper analyzes how states have negotiated, distributed, and contested responsibilities within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It applies the English School (ES) theory and argues that climate responsibility constitutes an emerging primary institution of international society. Due to its rising great power status, China plays an increasingly important role in social processes in which international society defines and distributes states’ responsibilities, especially those of the great powers, now and in the future. Therefore, this paper pays particular attention to China’s contribution to the UNFCCC. Ultimately, the paper offers ES empirical observations about the relationship between primary and secondary institutions as well as the role of agency in institutional change.
|Journal||Journal of international organization studies|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|MoEC publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
Field of science
- International political science