The EU as International Environmental Negotiator


This book examines how the EU functions when it participates in international environmental negotiations. In particular, this book looks at the internal EU decision-making process with regard to international negotiations that lead to multilateral environmental agreements. By studying eight such decision-making processes, the book analyses how much negotiation autonomy (or ‘discretion’) the EU negotiator (the European Commission or the Council Presidency) enjoys vis-à-vis the member states it represents and how this particular degree of discretion can be explained. The book’s empirical evidence is based on extensive literature review, primary and semi-confidential document research, as well as interviews with EU decision-makers. It is aimed at a readership interested in EU politics and decision-making, global/multilateral governance, environmental policy science and methodological development of Qualitative Comparative Analysis.


‘Delreux’s The EU as International Environmental Negotiator advances our understanding of the EU’s role in global environmental negotiations by light years. Its deep substance, sharp rigor and clear presentation will make it must-reading for students, scholars and practitioners across international, environmental and European law and politics.’ — Joseph Jupille, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

‘This empirically rich and fascinating analysis of EU internal bargaining during eight multilateral environmental negotiations, considerably improves our understanding of the balance-of-power between various EU actors. It makes an original contribution to the existing literature on principal–agent relations by incorporating insights from sociological institutionalism.’ — Ole Elgström, Lund University, Sweden


1. Introduction [download]
2. The EU and mixed agreements
3. Member states as principals, EU negotiators as agents
4. The EU as negotiator in eight international environmental negotiations
5. Explaining the EU negotiator’s discretion
6. Unravelling the EU decision-making process
7. Conclusions

More information

For more information, including some full-text extracts from the book, visit the Ashgate website.