Werner Schäfer is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of St. Gallen. He is interested in European politics, international relations, and climate policy.
Some Talk, No Action (Yet): Interdependence, Domestic Interests and Hierarchical EU Governance in Climate Policy
Article first published online: 20 JAN 2011
2009 The Swiss Political Science Review
Swiss Political Science Review
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 683–713, Winter 2009
How to Cite
Schäfer, W. (2009), Some Talk, No Action (Yet): Interdependence, Domestic Interests and Hierarchical EU Governance in Climate Policy. Swiss Political Science Review, 15: 683–713. doi: 10.1002/j.1662-6370.2009.tb00150.x
- Issue published online: 20 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 20 JAN 2011
- European External Governance;
- Climate Policy;
- Emissions Trading;
This article analyses why Switzerland has so far remained outside the European Union's emissions trading system (EU ETS), the centerpiece of the EU's efforts to combat climate change. In doing so, it contributes three insights to the literature on the EU's external governance. First, it shows that interdependence is of limited explanatory power in predicting EU–Swiss interactions. Secondly, it identifies domestic interests in the non-member state, Switzerland, as the key factor in explaining the EU's external governance structures concerning emissions trading. Thirdly, it highlights the EU's limited flexibility in dealing with third countries in areas where its internal governance mode is hierarchical. The article presents a hypothesis about the future development of emissions trading in Switzerland and discusses implications for both the external governance literature and the development of global carbon markets.