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Climate Diplomacy and Emerging Economies
India as a Case Study

ISBN 9780367634025
Published February 23, 2021 by Routledge
154 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book analyses the role of the BASIC countries – Brazil, South Africa, India and China – in the international climate order.

Climate Diplomacy and Emerging Economies explores the collective and individual positions of these countries towards climate diplomacy, focusing in particular on the time period between the 2009 and 2019 climate summits in Copenhagen and Madrid. Dhanasree Jayaram examines the key drivers behind their climate-related policies (both domestic and international) and explores the contributory role of ideational and material factors (and the interaction between them) in shaping the climate diplomacy agenda at multilateral, bilateral and other levels. Digging deeper into the case study of India, Jayaram studies the shifts in its climate diplomacy by looking into the ways in which climate change is framed and analyses the variations in perceptions of the causes of climate change, the solutions to it, the motivations for setting climate action goals, and the methods to achieve the goals.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of climate change, environmental policy and politics and IR more broadly.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Emerging Economies in the International Climate Order

Chapter 3. Country-Wise Analysis of BASIC’s Climate Diplomacy Positions

Chapter 4. The Evolution of India’s Climate Diplomacy (2009-2013)

Chapter 5. The Evolution of India’s Climate Diplomacy (2014-2019)

Chapter 6. Conclusions

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Dhanasree Jayaram is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations and Co-coordinator at the Centre for Climate Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka, India. She is also Research Fellow, Earth System Governance (ESG). Dr Jayaram is a member of the Climate Security Expert Network (CSEN), supported by a grant from the German Federal Foreign Office and whose Secretariat is run by the Berlin-based think tank adelphi. She is the author of Breaking out of the Green House: India’s Leadership in Times of Environmental Change (2012).


While there are many excellent works on climate diplomacy that also look into the growing role of the emerging economies of India, China, Brazil and South Africa, this book adopts a particularly useful and novel perspective to analyse, collectively and individually, their climate diplomacy positions. By focusing on the key role played by 'ideas' in influencing the climate debates rather than simply taking the 'international climate order' as a given, it provides a uniquely multidimensional exposition of global climate politics from these countries' perspective through 'formula narratives'. The case study of India, in particular, provides a deep understanding of the interaction between various drivers, including ones arising from domestic and international imperatives.

~ Cleo Paskal, associate fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources programme and the Asia-Pacific programme, Chatham House.