Handbook on China’s Urban Environmental Governance


Handbook on China’s Urban Environmental Governance

9781803922034 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Fangzhu Zhang, Associate Professor and Fulong Wu, Bartlett Professor of Planning, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK
Publication Date: November 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80392 203 4 Extent: c 464 pp
This Handbook addresses how Chinese cities govern environmental changes generated by fast economic growth and urbanisation. With in-depth case studies on governing waste management, climate change, and energy transition, it will illuminate the relationship between the state, market, and society in environmental governance.

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This timely and comprehensive Handbook addresses how Chinese cities govern the environmental changes generated by fast economic growth and urbanisation. Outlining the relationship between the state, market, and society, this Handbook provides a systematic understanding of urban environmental governance in China.

Exploring the context of changing urban environmental policies in China, leading international scholars highlight the arts of governance and governmentality through experimentation and discourse. Chapters investigate the political ecologies of eco-cities and conservation, urban waste management and governance and sustainability transitions, as well as focusing on low-carbon innovations and green buildings. With a territorial perspective grounded in Chinese cities, contributors interrogate changing and complex state–market–society dynamics in urbanisation and urban environmental governance.

With a thorough and systematic analysis of new environmental initiatives, practices, and impacts, this Handbook provides scholars, students, and policy researchers of environmental studies, politics, and East Asian studies with an exemplary selection of contemporary research on China’s urban environmental governance.

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‘Nuanced in both description and analysis, this rich Handbook is a welcome resource for students of urban and environmental developments in China during its push towards “ecological civilisation”. It is broad in its empirical reach, presenting cases across urban and rural environments at various scales, and breaks new ground in its conceptual and methodological dimensions.’
– Roger Keil, York University, Canada

‘This outstanding collection provides a unique insight on the practices, rationalities, and outcomes of current urban environmental governance in the “Middle Kingdom”. The book foregrounds the tensions that emerge from the implementation of government-led discourses, and also engages with the emergence of a new urban technological sublime in environmental policy, alongside more conventional strategies for institutional change. This book is destined to become a classic and will surely be essential reading for any researchers and students grappling with the complexity of urban development and climate politics in China’
– Vanesa Castan Broto, Sheffield University, UK

‘This timely edited collection examines how the ideology of “ecological civilisation” is reshaping urban environmental governance in China. Bringing together insightful case studies of a range of contemporary urban environmental problems, the collection shows how the Chinese state’s attempts to manage the socio-ecological challenges of urban entrepreneurialism amount to little more than temporary “fixes”.’
– Andrew E.G. Jonas, University of Hull, UK

‘This Handbook is an essential resource for anyone interested in environmental governance in China. It provides insightful analysis that will help both students and practitioners better understand how there are a wide range of environmental governance practices and political ecologies in China today!’
– Genia Kostka, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Contributors include: Xidong Cao, Faith Ka Shun Chan, I-Chun Catherine Chang, Ali Cheshmehzangi, Shiuh-Shen Chien, Yunzhu Chen, Calvin King Lam Chung, Jingya Dai, Yang Fu, David Gibbs, Martin de Jong, Shenjing He, Ping Huang, Shih-yang Kao, Xiyan Mao, Will McDowall, Kevin Lo, Yining Liu, Zhilin Liu, Yuwen Lu, Lin Peng, Junxi Qian, Jesse Rodenbiker, Yun Song, Mengqi Shao, Li Sun, Xin Tong, Robin Visser, Biyue Wang, Chin-chih Wang, Jie Wang, Kun Wang, Linda Westman, Austin Williams, Natalie W.M. Wong, Fulong Wu, Linjun Xie, Jiang Xu, Yuchen Yang, Li Yu, Zhen Yu, Guofang Zhai, Le-Yin Zhang, Mengzhu Zhang, Fangzhu Zhang, Xiaoling Zhang, Yuxi Zhang, Tianchen Zhou, Yu Zhou
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