Climate governance in an international system under conservative hegemony: The role of major powers

Eduardo Viola, Matías Franchini, Thaís Lemos Ribeiro

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In the last five years, climate change has been established as a central civilizational driver of our time. As a result of this development, the most diversified social processes - as well as the fields of science which study them - have had their dynamics altered. In International Relations, this double challenge could be explained as follows: 1)in empirical terms, climate change imposes a deepening of cooperation levels on the international community, considering the global common character of the atmosphere; and 2)to International Relations as a discipline, climate change demands from the scientific community a conceptual review of the categories designed to approach the development of global climate governance. The goal of this article is to discuss in both conceptual and empirical terms the structure of global climate change governance, through an exploratory research, aiming at identifying the key elements that allow understanding its dynamics. To do so, we rely on the concept of climate powers. This discussion is grounded in the following framework: we now live in an international system under conservative hegemony that is unable to properly respond to the problems of interdependence, among which - and mainly -, the climate issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-29
Number of pages21
JournalRevista Brasileira de Politica Internacional
Issue numberSUPPL.
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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