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The Asia-Pacic partnership and market-liberal discourse in global climate governance


McGee, JS and Taplin, R, The Asia-Pacic partnership and market-liberal discourse in global climate governance, International Journal of Law in Context, 10, (3) pp. 338-356. ISSN 1744-5523 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S1744552314000159


Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2014.This paper shows how international law scholarship might adopt a constructivist interdisciplinary research design to better engage with the political and social context of legal rules and institutions. In 2005 the Asia-Pacific Partnership was launched by the United States and Australia as a climate change institution outside the UN climate process. Controversially, the Member States claimed the Asia-Pacific Partnership was complementary to the UN climate process. This paper investigates the veracity of this claim by analysing the normative compatibility of the Partnership and the UN climate process. The paper adopts Dryzek's discourse theory to analyse the shared ideas and assumptions underlying both institutions. This analysis indicates that the Asia-Pacific Partnership embodied a deep market-liberal discourse that is in significant tension with the more interventionist and equity-based principles underpinning the UN climate process. This market-liberal discourse is important for understanding recent developments in global climate governance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Climate Change, Discourses, International Institutions, Market Liberalism
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Mitigation of climate change
Objective Field:Climate change mitigation strategies
UTAS Author:McGee, JS (Associate Professor Jeffrey McGee)
ID Code:98723
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2015-02-26
Last Modified:2015-03-16

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