INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE REGIME: REALPOLITIK AND CLIMATE CATASTROPHE

Petar Popović ; DIU Libertas – Dubrovnik International University, Zagreb, Croatia

Fulltext: pdf (321 KB), Croatian, Pages 54 – 75

Abstracts
In this article, the author suggests that in recent years climate change is gravely
affecting the stability of the international order. The reason is not only the
recklessness of the industrial sector as a source polluter, but also the lack of
political will in drafting a global blueprint for creating a unique international
climate regime. Even though the effects of climate change are getting worse
each year, the selfish interests of states, the realpolitik in foreign policy and
anarchy dominate international relations, thus representing an obstacle to creating
an international climate regime. The author examines ways to overcome
these obstacles to international institutionalization of climate issues by introducing
three IR theory perspectives: realist, rationalist and idealist. The
synthesis of these three perspectives is that the international climate regime
should be decentralized; its legal acts should be drafted from inter-state agreements
on specific issues, while its principles should be incorporated to the already
existing international legal acts.

Keywords
International Climate Regime; Climate Change; Realpolitik; North; Developing Countries