© 2013

Chinese Environmental Governance

Dynamics, Challenges, and Prospects in a Changing Society

  • Editors
  • Bingqiang Ren
  • Huisheng Shou

Part of the Environmental Politics and Theory book series (EPT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction: Dynamics, Challenges, and Opportunities in Making a Green China

  3. Institutions and Policies in Environmental Governance

  4. Firms and Environmental Regulation

  5. Environmental Movements and Public Participation

  6. Social and Cultural Foundations of Environmental Governance

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 243-251

About this book


In this edited volume, leading environmental policy experts from China, USA, and Europe provide a contemporary view of Chinese environmental policy, analyzing current discussions among various actors and agencies. The book covers a wide range of topics including the gap between national policy goals and their local implementation, cultural and social factors shaping political behavior, legal and political systems affecting environmental policy creation and execution, new societal forces participating in environmental policymaking and governance, and local state strategies tasked with navigating a mix of political, legal, and societal forces. Featuring in-depth, empirically-grounded analyses with interdisciplinary approaches, the book is ideal reading for scholars interested in the complex nature of balancing Chinese environmental sustainability and economic growth.


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About the authors

Jianguo Chen, North China Electric Power University, China Sarah Eaton, University of Waterloo, Canada Gary S. Green, Christopher Newport University, USA Yin Guan, Beijing Forestry University, China Joel J. Kassiola, San Francisco State University, USA Genia Kostka, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany Xiaojun Li, University of British Columbia, Canada Zhen Lin, Beijing Forestry University, China Xiaoqing Liu, Peking University, China Phillip Stalley, DePaul University, USA

Bibliographic information


'China's current environmental governance system is, as the title of this book suggests, in a critical juncture of transition. This edited volume is an excellent survey of the environmental challenges faced by Chinese government and society in the twenty-first century. This comprehensive and valuable policy-related discussion of Chinese environmental policy considers the opportunities and limits China faces as it seeks to balance environmental protection and sustainable development. This book will add significantly to the literature on China's environmental crisis. It will attract a great deal of interest in the field and is well-suited to use in university classes.' Wei Liang, Associate Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Middlebury College, USA