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Development vs. environment in Taibei

Entwicklung vs. Umwelt in Taiwan
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Grano, Simona Alba; Tu, Ping-Lan

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Abstract Although Taiwan arguably needs civil and official collaboration on environmental protection, the implementation of an efficient system of environmental regulations has often been hindered by the many actors involved in the process of environmental governance (state, economic actors, civil society, media), whose interests are divergent. Consequently, there is no uniform, homogeneous authority for environmental governance but rather a variety of official and less official agents of authority whose interests and powers overlap and compete. In this paper the authors will introduce a case study dealing with the controversy surrounding the construction of an alternative road connecting Danshui with Taibei City (namely, the Danshui North Shore Road Project, Danbei daolu) to elucidate what the key influences are that govern environmental power dynamics between different agents with conflicting (or, sometimes, colluding) interests and how these multiple levels of interaction are negotiated by the various players. Their hypothesis holds that although environmental policies are, for the most part, mandated from the top, at the local level their implementation can be bypassed, altered or stalled by these various agents.
Keywords Taiwan; environmental policy; environmental protection; transportation policy; governance; theory of the state; power; road construction; conflict; Far East
Classification Special areas of Departmental Policy; Area Development Planning, Regional Research; Ecology, Environment
Method descriptive study; theory application
Free Keywords social groups; local governance; contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 121-154
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 41 (2012) 2
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works