The EU Green Deal and climate diplomacy with countries from the Global South: Exploring different perceptions of climate threat trough anxiety emotion

Research Paper by Neringa MATAITYTE

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The study adds an emotional dimension to the analysis of climate diplomacy. In the framework of the theory of the institutionalization of emotions and politics of anxiety the paper seeks to reveal how anxiety explains the framing of the climate change threat prevailing in the EU and the Global South countries and what common ground it provides for the climate diplomacy and cooperation between the EU and developing countries. Based on the analysis of national adaptation plans and its interpretation in the framework of chosen theoretical approach, the network of NGO's connecting the EU and developing countries is proposed as a potential tool of climate diplomacy establishing more inclusive and equal partnership based cooperation.

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Abstract

This study seeks to add the emotional dimension to the analysis of climate diplomacy and shows how anxiety expands explanations about the framing of the climate change threat as well as serves as mobilizing power for different actors. The analysis is focused on highlighting the important characteristics of climate security framing prevailing in the EU and developing countries from the Global South and relate them to potential directions of successful cooperation in climate diplomacy. The literature of emotional turn in international relations and theories of politics of anxiety allow us to assume that anxiety manifests in climate resilience policies and affects actors' reaction to this threat. Based on the theories of the institutionalization of emotions and politics of anxiety, the paper seeks to reveal: How anxiety explains the framing of the climate change threat prevailing in the EU and the Global South countries? What anxiety based reaction mechanisms are evoked and what it means for climate diplomacy? What common ground does the provoked reaction mechanism provide for climate diplomacy and cooperation between the EU and developing countries from Global South? The National adaptation plans of the EU and developing countries are analysed by implementing discourse analysis in order to compare the different framings of the climate change threat. Based on the analysis of data and its interpretation in the framework of the chosen theoretical approach, the network of NGO's connecting the EU and developing countries is proposed as a potential tool of climate diplomacy establishing more inclusive and equal partnership based cooperation.


About the author

Neringa Mataityte is a PhD student in Vilnius University, Institute of International Relations and Political Science. Her research is focused on the emotions in international politics and the role of anxiety in climate change. Neringa has a bachelor's degree in Political Science and master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy. She is also a junior researcher in the project Mobility, Migration and the COVID-19 Epidemic: Governing Emergencies in Lithuania and Poland.