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Politics and Development of Contemporary China

Governing Sustainable Energies in China

Authors: Chen, Geoffrey Chun-fung

  • Presents one of the first detailed empirical studies of environmental governance in a non-liberal state
  • Challenges orthodox views about democracy, market economy, and climate change management
  • Draws on rich data archives, including news reports, policy dossiers, internal documents, and interviews with 32 provincial officials, business leaders, academic researchers, and NGO practitioners
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This book examines sustainable energy development in China, a non-liberal state, as a counterexample to conventional wisdom that effective policy outcomes are premised on the basis of decentralized governance. The use of sustainable energies as part of the solution for stabilising global warming has been promoted in industrialised countries for the past three decades. In the last ten years, China has expanded its renewable energy capacity with unprecedented speed and breadth. This phenomenon seems to contradict the principle of orthodox environmental governance, in which stakeholder participation is deemed a necessary condition for effective policy outcomes. Based upon policy documents, news report and interviews with 32 policy makers, business leaders, and NGO practitioners in selected subnational governments, this book examines the politics of sustainable energy in China. It engages debates over the relationships among democratic prioritisation, environmental protection, and economic empowerment, arguing that China’s quasi-corporatist model in the sustainable energy field challenges Western scholars’ dominant assumptions about ecopolitics.

About the authors

Geoffrey Chun-fung Chen holds a Research Fellow post in the Institute of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He is also a Research Associate at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Prior to this appointment, he was an Affiliated Scholar at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies, China. Chen’s work focuses on Chinese politics, environmental politics, and comparative political economy. He received his PhD from the University of Bath, UK.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • How States Build Sustainable Energy Capacity

    Chen, Geoffrey Chun-fung

    Pages 3-30

  • Orthodoxies of Energy Governance

    Chen, Geoffrey Chun-fung

    Pages 31-63

  • Theoretical Approaches to the System of Governance of Renewable Energy in China

    Chen, Geoffrey Chun-fung

    Pages 65-111

  • The Chinese State, the Perceived Environmental Crisis, and the Mixed Paradigm for Diffusing Non-Hydro Renewable Energy

    Chen, Geoffrey Chun-fung

    Pages 115-165

  • Jiangsu: Regional Renewable Planning and Deployment

    Chen, Geoffrey Chun-fung

    Pages 167-196

Buy this book

eBook £83.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-30969-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £112.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-30968-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Governing Sustainable Energies in China
Authors
Series Title
Politics and Development of Contemporary China
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-30969-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-30969-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-30968-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 296
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 illustrations in colour
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