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Sulkjær Andersen, Kasper 1, Forfatter
Nedergaard, Peter 2, Vejleder
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1Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7001              
2Institut for Statskundskab, Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7003              
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Ukontrollerede emneord: Kina; Klima; Rational Choice
 Abstract: China’s domestic climate policy has changed markedly over the course of the last decade. In the period under consideration (2001-2012) in the present dissertation, China’s domestic climate policy has shifted towards exhibiting an increasingly higher degree of climate policy proaction. This policy development seems paradoxical given that China’s international stance on climate change has remained reactive i.e. centred on safeguarding Chinese sovereignty, invoking the climate responsibility of developed countries and advocating for an increase in the flow of Western climate finance. The present dissertation argues that China’s increasingly ambitious domestic climate policy can be explained as the result of shifting Chinese interests. Global climate change is essentially about economic interests, which is a particularly salient assertion from the perspective of China since changing climatic conditions have the potential to adversely impact core Chinese economic interests. Through the utilisation of interest-based theory, the present dissertation finds that taking a proactive stance on climate change can be considered a rational response to changing climatic conditions. However, and equally important, the present dissertation also finds that China’s climate policy response is constrained by a restrictive domestic policy environment, thus resulting in an altogether sub-optimal policy outcome.
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Bogmærk denne post: https://diskurs.kb.dk/item/diskurs:47220:2
 Type: Speciale
Alternativ titel: An Interest-Based Explanation
Alternativ titel: Kinas Klimapolitik
Alternativ titel: En interesse-baseret forklaring
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Sprog: English - eng
 Datoer: 2013-03-27
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 Publiceringsinfo: København : Københavns Universitet
 Indholdsfortegnelse: 1.0 Introduction – Global Climate Change and The Middle Kingdom 5
1.1 China’s Climate Policy and Why Should We Care? . 6
1.2 Research Question . 8
1.2.1 Defining Central Concepts and Explicating Underlying Assumptions 8
1.3 Delineation . 10
1.3.1 Temporal Delineation . 10
1.3.2 Spatial Delineation 10
1.4 Theoretical Take on China’s Climate Policy 10
1.4.1 Analytical Strategy 13
1.4.2 Argument 13
1.5 Structure 14
2.0 Theory 15
2.1 Interest-Based Theory . 15
2.1.1 Model A: The Unitary Actor Model 16
2.1.2 Limitations of The Unitary Actor Model 21
2.2 Model B: Domestic Politics Model 21
2.2.1 Fragmented Authoritarianism . 22
2.2.2 Limitations of the Domestic Politics Model . 24
2.3 The (Deliberate) Omission of Classic Game-Theory 25
2.4 Explanatory Model – Combining the Two Theoretical Models . 27
3.0 Methodology . 29
3.1 Philosophy of Science 29
3.1.1 Ontology and Epistemology – China’s Climate Policy as an Objective Phenomenon 29
3.2 Technical Aspects of the Analysis . 29
3.2.1 Research Design and Strategy . 29
3.2.2 Data . 32
3.2.3 Operationalisation and Definition of Central Concepts . 32
4.0 The Dependent Variable – How Ambitious Is China’s Climate Policy? . 37
4.1 How Ambitious Is China’s Climate Policy? 37
5.0 Analysis – Explaining China’s Climate Policy . 40
5.1 Direct Causation: Gauging China’s Aggregated National Interest 41
5.1.1 X1: China’s Level of Climate Vulnerability 41
5.1.2 X2: China’s Abatement Costs 48
5.1.3 Cost-Benefit Analysis – Explaining The Shift In China’s Climate Policy 51
5.1.4 Inferring Causality Between X And Y . 59
5.1.5 Summary – Direct Causality . 61
5.2 Indirect Causation – China’s Climate Policy Environment 62
5.2.1 X To Z: The Political Impact of China’s Aggregated National Interest . 64
5.2.2 Z To Y: China’s Climate Policy-Making Process – The Configuration of Interests and Power 64
5.2.3 China’s Climate Policy Environment – Conducive To Climate Proaction? . 77
5.2.4 Summary – Indirect Causality 81
6.0 Conclusion 82
6.1 Explaining An Increasingly Ambitious Chinese Climate Policy 82
6.2 Assessment 83
6.2.1 Methodology 83
6.2.2 Theory . 83
7.0 References . 85
8.0 Appendices 93
Appendix A – Tracing China’s Climate Policy 93
Appendix B - Calculating The Economic Costs of Extreme Weather Events . 97
Appendix C – China’s Environmental Crisis 98
Appendix D – Interview-guide . 99
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 Type: Speciale
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