1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China

Edited By Eva Sternfeld Copyright 2017
    384 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    408 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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, www.chinadialogue.net, 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