Positioning as Normative Actors:China and the EU in Climate Change Negotiations


This article focuses on the communication tools employed by the EU and the People's Republic of China to project themselves as normative actors and their construction of specific role conceptions in the context of global climate change negotiations. The empirical spine of the article consists of a discourse analysis of 134 documents released by the EU and China on the issue of climate change and climate change negotiations between the 2008 Copenhagen and the 2015 Paris climate summits. The findings are that both the EU and China go to great lengths to position themselves as responsible global citizens, employing relatively consistent framing devices. Not only are the findings interesting when it comes to EU and China identity-building as foreign policy actors; they also hint at more generic parameters along which the role of normative actor is constructed.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.13019
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wunderlich, J.‐U. ( 2020) Positioning as Normative Actors: China and the EU in Climate Change Negotiations. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.13019.  This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: China,EU,climate change negotiations,normative actor,Business and International Management,Business, Management and Accounting(all),Economics and Econometrics,Political Science and International Relations
Publication ISSN: 1468-5965
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-09-01
Published Online Date: 2020-01-29
Accepted Date: 2019-09-09
Authors: Wunderlich, Jens-Uwe (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1278-4773)



Version: Accepted Version

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