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The European Union and the international forest negotiations

an analysis of influence

Reischl, Gunilla (2009). The European Union and the international forest negotiations. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2009:25
ISBN 978-91-86195-72-4
[Doctoral thesis]

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The European Union (EU) is often seen as a global leader in environmental causes ranging from climate change to biodiversity. However, in the case of sustainable forest management the EU has had difficulties in exercising influence over the international negotiation process despite initial enthusiasm amongst its member states. This thesis attempts to explain this paradox by examining the extent of the EU’s influence and by studying how that influence is shaped by interest-based, institutional-based and ideational-based considerations. By disaggregating influence into three different components, the explanatory framework highlights the ways influence can be enabled or constrained. The explanatory framework is applied to the case of international forest negotiations between 1995 and 2007. This complicated and complex case is divided into three sub-cases to improve analytical clarity. The first sub-case concerns the effort to build a legal binding instrument on global forest management. The second sub-case focuses on the issue of certification. The third sub-case concerns the drive to create a global fund for financing sustainable forest management. Each case sheds critical light on the subtle and complex factors shaping the EU’s influence on process and outcomes. Examining data from participant interviews, textual analysis, and secondary accounts, analysis shows that the EU’s influence varied in different sub-issues within the negotiations and that the factors acting on the EU’s influence are more subtle than previously understood. The findings deepen our understanding of the EU’s role in global policymaking and offer insights into how the EU may help restart global forest negotiations.

Authors/Creators:Reischl, Gunilla
Title:The European Union and the international forest negotiations
Subtitle:an analysis of influence
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2009
Number of Pages:198
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:978-91-86195-72-4
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:european union, forestry policies, forest management, certification, economics, environmental policies
Keywords:The European Union, global environmental politics, international negotiations, international forest policy, interests, institutions, ideas, UN forest negotiations, forest convention, certification, global forest fund
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ID Code:1983
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Products (until 180101)
Deposited By: Gunilla Reischl
Deposited On:29 Apr 2009 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:15

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