Greening China’s Urban Governance

Tackling Environmental and Sustainability Challenges

  • Jørgen Delman
  • Yuan Ren
  • Outi Luova
  • Mattias Burell
  • Oscar Almén

Part of the ARI - Springer Asia Series book series (ARI, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlv
  2. Green Urban Governance – A Theoretical Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Policy Mobilization, Planning, and Implementation

  4. The State’s New Tools of Green Urban Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Jesper Schlæger, Jingjing Zhou
      Pages 131-149
  5. Society Knocking on the Door

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-268

About this book


This volume examines how urban stakeholders in China – particularly city governments and social actors – tackle China’s urban environmental crisis. The volume’s case studies speak to important interdisciplinary themes such as new tools and instruments of urban green governance, climate change and urban carbon consumption, green justice, digital governance, public participation, social media, social movements, and popular protest. It lays out a unique theoretical framework for examining and discussing urban green governance.

The case studies are based on extensive fieldwork that examines governance failures, challenges, and innovations from across China, including the largest cities. They show that numerous policies, experiments, and reforms have been put in place in China – mostly on a pragmatic basis, but also as a result of both strategic policy design, civil participation, and protest. The book highlights how China’s urban governments bring together diverse programmatic building blocks and instruments, from China and elsewhere.

Written by experts and researchers from different disciplines at leading universities in China and the Nordic countries in Europe, this volume will be of interest to researchers and students who are interested in Chinese politics, especially urban politics, governance issues, and social movements. Both students and teachers will find the theoretical perspectives and case studies useful in their coursework.The unique green governance perspective makes this a work that is empirically and theoretically interesting for those working with urban political and environmental studies and urbanization worldwide.


China's urban governance Environmental governance Urban sustainable governance in China Environmental challenges New public governance Urban residents' direct carbon emissions Residential energy consumption Environmental policies China's rapid urbanization Model cities Urban water management Sustainability of environmental Activism Transportation related carbon emissions Environmental protection Environmental education Environmental protests/social movements

Editors and affiliations

  • Jørgen Delman
    • 1
  • Yuan Ren
    • 2
  • Outi Luova
    • 3
  • Mattias Burell
    • 4
  • Oscar Almén
    • 5
  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.School of Social Development and Public PolicyFudan University ShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Centre for East Asian StudiesUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  4. 4.Hankuk University of Foreign StudiesSeoulKorea (Republic of)
  5. 5.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-0739-3
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-0740-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-105X
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-1068
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