1st Edition

Air Pollution Governance in East Asia

Edited By Kuei-tien Chou, Koichi Hasegawa, Dowan Ku, Shu-Fen Kao Copyright 2022
    274 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Focusing on Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Mainland China, the contributors to this book analyze various cases of air pollution within East Asia.

    Air pollution in East Asia is a major health risk, which also has damaging impacts on the environment leading to impacts on society, economic growth, and welfare. While existing laws and policies have made progress in alleviating air pollution in each country in the region, the protection of favorable environments and the resolution of transboundary air pollution problems have become major targets of regional cooperation. Combining perspectives from social sciences and science, technology, and society studies, the contributors to this book examine both the technical and socioeconomic-political aspects of these challenges through a range of case studies from around the region.

    The book is a valuable read for researchers and policymakers looking at air pollution and transboundary governance challenges within and beyond East Asia.

    1. Cosmopolitan Governance to Transboundary Air Pollution in East Asia (Shu-Fen Kao & Kuei-Tien Chou) Part I Air Pollution Politics in East Asia 2. Politics of Air Pollution: How Fine Dust has Become a Politicized Issue in Korea (Minjae Kim and Dowan Ku) 3. Sovereignty of Air Pollution? – Focusing on the Way of Presenting the Issue of Particulate Matters Pollution (Sanghun Lee) Part II Regional and Transboundary Air Politics 4. China’s Transboundary Pollutants and Taiwan’s Air Politics (Paul Jobin, Shih-Hao Jheng and Chee Wei Ying) 5. Asymmetric Barriers in Atmospheric Politics of Transboundary Air Pollution: A Case of Particulate Matter (PM) Cooperation between China and South Koreas (Taedong Lee & Wooyeal Paik) 6. Atmospheric Environment Management Regime Building in East Asia: Limitations of Imitating the Convention on Long-range Trans-boundary Air Pollution and Current New Developments (Jusen ASUKA) Part III National Air Pollution Battles 7. Air Quality Injustice in Taiwan - Just Transition as the Next Chapter of Environmental Governance in Post–Developmental States (Kuei-Tien Chou and David Walther) 8. Air Quality Governance in China: Authoritarian Environmentalism and the Coal-to-Gas Switch Campaign (Chelsea C. Chou, Terry Chih-Sung Teng, Chin-En Wu and Kuan-Chen Lee) 9. Social History After Severe Air Pollution in Japan-Focusing on the Second Stage Caused by Automobiles (Manami HORIHATA) Part IV Contested Risk Constructions of Air Pollution 10. The Individualization of Responsibility for Transboundary Air Pollution in Korea (Inkyoung Kim) 11. Science in Air Pollution Politics: School Allocation and Regulatory Control Disputes on SNCC, Taiwan (Wen-Ling Tu) 12. Rethinking the Sources of Air Pollution and Urban Policies in Hong Kong (Paulina Pui Yun WONG)


    Kuei-Tien Chou is Professor, Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University (NTU). Director, Risk Society and Policy Research Center, NTU, Taiwan.

    Koichi Hasegawa is Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, Shokei Gakuin University, Japan.

    Dowan Ku is Director of Environment and Society Research Institute, South Korea.

    Shu-Fen Kao is Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Fo Guang University, Taiwan.