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Politics of Renewable Energy in China

Chen Gang, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore
In this book, Chen Gang examines the real-world effectiveness of China's approach to the promotion of green technologies and practices, and discusses the political landscape in which it is situated.
Extent: 176 pp
Hardback Price: $110.00 Web: $99.00
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 814 9
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In this book, Chen Gang examines the real-world effectiveness of China's approach to the promotion of green technologies and practices, and discusses the political landscape in which it is situated.

Politics of Renewable Energy in China questions the wisdom of hailing China as a model for authoritarian environmental governance with an up-to -date examination of the subject. It provides readers with a thorough and timely account of recent developments in China’s low-carbon energy industries. Disclosing how energy interest groups are lobbying members of central government, and shedding light on disputes between pro-development and pro-environmental groups, this book explores the ideological and bureaucratic inconsistency and confusion which surrounds China’s environmental policies. Emphasizing China’s renewable energy policies, related enforcement issues and local political concerns over wind and solar generation, this book examines the extent to which China’s centralised, top down approach has been effective in ensuring local actors reach policy targets.

This up-to-date account of recent developments in Chinese low-carbon industries will be useful for readers with an interest in China’s model of renewable energy industries, in particular students of Chinese and international politics. It will also be a valuable tool for researchers and professors of public and environmental policy, Chinese and climate studies.

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. China’s Mercantile Strategy to Boost Renewable Sectors 3. Central Authorities’ Top-down Approach of Promoting Renewable Energy 4. Challenges from the Local: Geographic and Industrial Barriers 5. Interest Groups and the Bureaucracy 6. Disputes over How to Go Low-Carbon 7. Five-Year Plans and Energy Policy Priorities 8. Discussion: Energy Policy Priorities in a Fragmented Authoritarian State 9. Conclusion: Policy Priorities Reshaped by Central–Local Relationship and Interest Groups Index