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DOI 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2021.102389
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Title (Primary) Why common interests and collective action are not enough for environmental cooperation – Lessons from the China-EU cooperation discourse on circular economy
Author Luo, A.; Zuberi, M.; Liu, J.; Perrone, M.; Schnepf, S.; Leipold, S.
Source Titel Global Environmental Change
Year 2021
Department UPOL
Volume 71
Page From art. 102389
Language englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
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Keywords Development; Trust; Circular economy; China; EU; International trade; Environmental cooperation
Abstract Scholars have argued that circular economy (CE) must be upscaled and globalized to address excessive resource extraction and waste generation. Many CE practitioners consider the first international CE agreement between China and the EU a milestone towards such an effort. This analysis shows why this expectation is premature. European and Chinese stakeholders’ optimistic and depoliticized CE narratives disable communication regarding development disparities, negative competition and distrust, which shape geopolitical rivalry. While skeptical narratives that address political barriers exist, they fall short of suggesting alternatives. Based on 72 stakeholder interviews, 40 documents and participant observation, these results highlight the critical importance of investigating narrative strategies to repoliticize environmental cooperation. Such narrative strategies would support contestation and negotiation on development disparities and open channels for joint conceptualization of implementation scales for environmental strategies, circular or otherwise. We therefore propose using constructivist perspectives of international relations to explore discursive barriers and enablers to global environmental action.
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Luo, A., Zuberi, M., Liu, J., Perrone, M., Schnepf, S., Leipold, S. (2021):
Why common interests and collective action are not enough for environmental cooperation – Lessons from the China-EU cooperation discourse on circular economy
Glob. Environ. Change 71 , art. 102389