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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China

Edited By

Eva Sternfeld

ISBN 9781138831117
Published April 21, 2017 by Routledge
408 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

During the last few decades, China has accomplished unprecedented economic growth and has emerged as the second largest economy in the world. This ‘economic miracle’ has led hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, but has also come at a high cost. Environmental degradation and the impact of environmental pollution on health are nowadays issues of the greatest concern for the Chinese public and the government.

The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China focuses on the environmental challenges of China’s rapidly growing economy and provides a comprehensive overview of the policies developed to address the environmental crisis. Leading international scholars and practitioners examine China’s environmental governance efforts from an interdisciplinary perspective. Divided into five parts, the handbook covers the following key issues:

  • Part I: Development of Environmental Policy in China - Actors and Institutions
  • Part II: Key issues and Strategies for Solution
  • Part III: Policy Instruments and Enforcement
  • Part IV: Related Policy Fields – Conflicts and Synergies
  • Part V: China’s Environmental Policy in the International Context

This comprehensive handbook will be an invaluable resource to students and scholars of environmental policy and politics, development studies, Chinese studies, geography and international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Eva Sternfeld 

Part 1 Development of Environmental Policy in China – Actors and Institutions

2. Development of China’s environmental legislation Qin Tianbao and Zhang Meng

3. China’s local environmental politics Genia Kostka

4. Evolving Tactics of China’s Green Movement Judith Shapiro

5. Advocacy coalitions for green economy and their influence on government policies Huang Haifeng, Sheng Chunhong and Julian Barg 

Part II Key issues and Strategies for Solution

6. Red Lines and China’s Water Resources Policy in the Twenty-first century James Nickum, Jia Shaofeng and Scott Moore

7. Air pollution: How Will China Win its Self-Declared War Against it? Mette Halskov Hansen Anna L. Ahlers

8. Climate Change and Carbon Policymaking and Governance Gørild Heggelund and Rebecca Nadin 

9. Environmental policy and agriculture in China. From Regulation through model emulation to regulatory pluralism Bettina Blümling

10. Conserving China’s Biological Diversity: National Plans, Transnational Projects, Local and Regional Challenges Chris Coggins

11. Land Use Strategies in Northern China: Soil Conservation, Afforestation, Water Resource Management Susanne Stein and Heike Hartmann 

12. Balancing Environment, Health and Development: Evolving Policy Interactions Jennifer Holdaway

13. Environmental accidents and disaster risk reduction Yu Fang, Cao Guozhi, Zhu Wenying and Yang Weishan

Part III Policy Instruments and Enforcement

14. Pollution Law Enforcement in China: Understanding National and Regional Variation Benjamin van Rooij, Zhu Qiaoqiao, Li Na, Wang Qiliang and Zhang Xuehua

15. China’s policies on greening financial institutions: Assessments and outlook Arthur Mol

16. Orchestrated Environmental Migration in Western China Jarmila Ptackova

17. Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment in China: Weaknesses, Strengths and Lessons learnt Mariachiara Alberton

18. Access to environmental Information: transparency, participation and the role of media Sam Geall

Part IV Related Policy Fields – Conflicts and Synergies

19. Environment and Energy Policy: Background and Main Challenges Andreas Oberheitmann and Paul Suding

20. Green Energy Innovation in China Joanna I. Lewis

21. Low Carbon Urban Development in China: Policies and Practices Wang Can and Wenling Liu 

22. Municipal Solid Waste Management Thomas Johnson

23. Dealing with Discarded E-Devices Yvan Schulz, Benjamin Steuer   

Part V China’s Environmental Policy in the International Context

24. Environment and Trade Hu Tao and Song Peng 

25. China’s policy frameworks for sustainable consumption and production Patrick Schröder

26. China-EU relations and patterns of interactions on emission trading Olivia Gippner

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Eva Sternfeld is currently visiting professor at the Institute for East Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Previously she was director of the Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China at Technische Universität Berlin and for eight years worked as foreign expert at the Center for Environmental Education and Communication (CEEC) of the Chinese Ministry for Environmental Protection in Beijing, China.


"Understanding China's environmental challenges is critical to understanding China. This handbook offers a comprehensive guide, both to the gravity of the air, water, soil, bio-diversity and other crises, and to the current policy initiatives that seek to address them. Essential reading on a subject of global importance." – Isabel Hilton, Founder and CEO,, UK

"The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China brings together a collection of experts from around the world. Their essays delve into the evolution of the state of the environment in China today as well as the country’s role in global environmental policy. This book is more than just a great handbook - it is a significant scholarly work as well as a solid reference volume." – Richard Louis Edmonds, Former Editor of The China Quarterly, France

"For anyone who wants to be brought up-to-date on the dramatic environmental, climate, and sustainability policies and programs in China, the initiatives of Chinese leadership to create an ecological civilization and the progress and challenges in program implementation, this book is a must read. This is an excellent collection of contributions addressing China’s increasingly ambitious environmental agenda." – Miranda Schreurs, Professor of Environment and Climate Policy, Bavarian School of Public Policy on the Technical University of Munich, Germany