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Environmental Governance in China

1st Edition

Edited by Neil Carter, Arthur P.J. Mol


210 pages

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This is the first examination of how China is currently dealing with environmental problems and challenges, and of its successes, failures and dilemmas.

This new book gives special attention to the development of ‘environmental governance’ in contemporary China, especially on the urban industrial and infrastructure sectors, showing how the rapid economic growth that has transformed China in recent years has major implications for the environment, as well as future economic development.

Leading international scholars explore a range of key issues, including:

  • economic growth and the environment
  • the environmental policy process
  • the legal framework for environmental protection
  • the role of environmental NGOs
  • energy policy
  • water issues
  • biotechnology and GMOs
  • the international dimension.

This book shows how environmental policy, politics and governance are core issues posed by China’s accelerated economic development. At the same time it analyzes, illustrates and argues that major steps are under way in taking up these challenges. In doing so the book provides an in-depth, balanced and comprehensive assessment of contemporary environmental reforms in China.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Environmental Governance.


"This volume is well organized, covers a wide range of issues, is consistent in its approaches and keeps a balance between theoretic analysis and empirical evidence. Bearing in mind the nature of multi-dimensional, interdisciplinary and constant changes in China’s environmental governance system, this volume encourages readers to develop their own judgements and even draw policy implications."

-Dr. Bin Wu, University of Nottingham

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Environmental Governance in Transitional China 2. Economic Growth and Environmental Protection 3. Environmental Policy-Making Processes in China 4. Environmental Law Compliance in China 5. Urban Infrastructures: Water 6. Industrial Growth and Environmental Restructuring in China 7. Participation, Civil Society and NGOs 8. Energy Policy in China 9. Biotechnology Policy and Biosafety Politics in China 10. Epilogue

About the Series

Environmental Politics

Over recent years environmental politics has moved from a peripheral interest to a central concern within the discipline of politics. This series aims to reinforce this trend through the publication of books that investigate the nature of contemporary environmental politics and show the centrality of environmental politics to the study of politics per se. The series understands politics in a broad sense and books will focus on mainstream issues such as the policy process and new social movements as well as emerging areas such as cultural politics and political economy. Books in the series will analyse contemporary political practices with regards to the environment and/or explore possible future directions for the ‘greening’ of contemporary politics. The series will be of interest not only to academics and students working in the environmental field, but will also demand to be read within the broader discipline.

The series consists of two strands:

Environmental Politics addresses the needs of students and teachers, and the titles are published in paperback and hardback.

Routledge Research in Environmental Politics presents innovative new research intended for high-level specialist readership. These titles are published in hardback only.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative