International Norms of Responsibility and U.S. Climate Change Policy

  • Paul G. Harris


Has the United States adopted any of the nascent international norms surrounding climate change? In the previous chapter, Michele Betsill argues that international climate change norms are indeed forcing states—including the United States—to “redefine what it means to be a legitimate member of the international community,” and that the United States has started to address climate change to bolster its international credibility. This chapter continues this theme by suggesting that the United States has, contrary to many interpretations, internalized one of the most important international norms that has become central to the climate change debate: common but differentiated responsibility.1


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