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Lunch Talk: Which Incentives Lie behind the CCPs Shift in Climate Policy?

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:00

Today, China occupies the world’s largest renewable energy sectors; it has implemented a vision to strive for an “ecological civilization” and is perceived as a leader in international negotiations. However, the political incentives behind the Chineese Communist Parties (CCPs) policy shift stand out as an empirical puzzle. It contradicts traditional policy priorities to secure social stability through economic growth, it is inconsistent with CCPs historical priorities and it contradicts its position in letting industrialized countries lead climate change mitigation. Therefore my thesis examines: Which incentives lie behind the CCPs shift in climate policy?

To answer this question, I test the three different political incentives: 1) an incentive to reduce a bottom-up pressure from civil society such as climate demonstrations 2) an incentive to promote economic and technological development by deploying a long-term industrial policy and 3) an incentive to improve Chinas foreign policy position in the international system by deploying an atractiveness climate policy. The theories are tested through hypothesis on the CCP’s main climate policy papers, expert interviews and through statistical databases.

The author of the thesis is Mark Søndergaard have just finished his thesis in political science at Aarhus University. As part of his study, he went to Tokyo to study Global Environmental Study. Beside his studies he has worked for the United Nations Development Programme and as an environmental consultant at NIRAS.

The lunch talk will be moderated by Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær, Post Doc Researcher at NIAS.


All are welcome, but bring your own lunch!


Time: 17 December 12:30-13:00
Venue: NIAS, meeting room 18.1.08, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 CphPosPost Doc Researchert Doc Researcher