Creating China’s Climate Change Policy
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Creating China’s Climate Change Policy

Internal Competition and External Diplomacy

Olivia Gippner

Drawing on first hand interview data with experts and government officials, Olivia Gippner develops a new analytical framework to explore the vested interests and policy debates surrounding Chinese climate policy-making.
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Chapter 3: Background

Olivia Gippner


Empirical and theoretical contributions to EU external governance in China reveal several research gaps. This book contributes to, and draws upon, a number of different bodies of existing research. Diffusion research recognizes that policy approaches adopted in one specific national context can ‘travel’ to other countries. Others point to domestic political interests to determine which policies are adopted – sometimes they happen to have a European origin. With increasing bureaucratization of the Chinese state in successive administrative reforms, formalized institutions have gained importance. Climate change policy by its nature is interdisciplinary and involves international and domestic actors. While existing literature has looked at the issues of EU policy promotion and bureaucratic politics in isolation, this chapter integrates international and domestic considerations when explaining policy adoption.

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