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Mar 302013

Three new papers from Transworld are out. The topics investigated include global leadership in climate change and the future of the transatlantic alliance:

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Mar 292013

Transworld Paper No.14

by Nigel Purvis, Cecilia Springer, and Samuel Grausz

The United States may achieve significant emission reductions by 2020, but a sluggish economy, rising budget deficits, and other factors press against strong US action at home or abroad. This paper seeks to make sense of these trends. It discusses the impact of the recent election and continuing barriers to US climate leadership. It analyzes the factors driving down US emissions and identifies policies that could reduce emissions further in the future. It concludes that, despite continued obstacles to US climate action, recent trends have created an environment of cautious optimism for accelerated climate action by an increasingly climate-friendly administration.



Mar 292013

Transworld Paper No.16

by Denny Ellerman

Over the past two decades and in one area of global policy concern, a shift in global leadership can be observed such as some would see as likely to become typical in a more polycentric 21st century. In this instance, the shift of global leadership is from the United States to the European Union in the domain of climate policy. This change in leadership was not result of any contest and has not be marked by rancour. Instead, it reflected domestic conditions in both the US and the EU, which led the one to abandon the customary leadership role it exercised in the latter half of the 20th century and enabled the other to assume leadership in this domain of global policy concern.


Mar 292013

Transworld Paper No. 12

by Andrew Byrne

This paper reviews liberal and realist interpretations of interstate alignment. It looks at the differing forms that alliances and partnerships have taken since the Cold War era with particular reference to the empirical record of transatlantic relations and scenarios for its future. Writers often dismiss realist and liberal interpretations as respectively pessimistic or optimistic about the prospects for transatlantic relations but there is significant debate within each school about the drivers of alignment, how this relates to the agent-structure debate and what this means for transatlantic relations. This paper highlights the shortcomings of purely structural explanations for alignment but also calls into question the functions ascribed to alignment behaviour by scholars of both disciplines. In an era of emerging threats and rising economic powers, theorists will have to address how more informal modes of collaboration can adapt to new challenges in a less Atlantic-centred world.