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The evolution of environmental policy in the People's Republic of China

Die Entwicklung der Umweltpolitik in der Volksrepublik China
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Edmonds, Richard Louis

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Abstract This paper outlines how the evolution of China's policy and study of the environment are reflected in the scholarly literature, paying special attention to the impact of the country's environmental developments on international relations. In particular, it examines accounts of how China has moved from an isolated national scientific and environmental control infrastructure into the centre of international environmental debates as its society has opened and the geographical scale of ecological problems has expanded. The paper also identifies the continuing inhibitors to China's ability to control environmental degradation – including lack of transparency, elite manipulation, and bureaucratic weaknesses – despite the opening of China's system to limited participation of civil society in its environmental debates.
Keywords China; environmental policy; climate change; environmental pollution; civil society; participation; international relations; Far East; implementation
Classification Special areas of Departmental Policy; Ecology, Environment
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords Political science; environmental policy; climate change; pollution; contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 13-35
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 40 (2011) 3
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works