Governing Sustainable Energies in China

  • Geoffrey Chun-fung Chen

Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Capacity Building for Sustainable Energy Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Geoffrey Chun-fung Chen
      Pages 3-30
    3. Geoffrey Chun-fung Chen
      Pages 31-63
  3. China’s Growing ‘Strategic’ Sustainable Energy Industry

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 257-296

About this book


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.


development Ecological Modernisation Principal-Agent Problem Solution Central-Local Government Relations Wind Power Solar Power Environmental Governance Decentralisation Sustainability Stakeholder Participation Renewable Energy Local Governance Climate Politics Earth Policy Ecological Civilisation Institution China

Authors and affiliations

  • Geoffrey Chun-fung Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Duisburg-Essen, GermanyInst Pol. Sci., Inst East Asian Stud.DuisburgGermany

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