Institutional Changes and Changing Political Consumerism in China

Zhang Lei, Wenling Liu, P.J.M. Oosterveer

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Abstract

The growth of consumption is one of the most impressive social changes in contemporary China. This transformation is driven and shaped by the forces of globalization, economic growth, political modernization, the emerging middle class, industrialization/urbanization, advances in information and communication technologies, and sustainability challenges. Given China’s unique historical, cultural, and institutional context, it is highly interesting to assess the relevance of the concept of political consumerism in China. This chapter analyzes how institutional changes are shaping consumer politics and how political consumerism affects the development of governance in China. Two important consumption domains, food and energy, are used to explore what occurred in the particular context of rapidly transforming China. The conclusion discusses the question of whether the increased buying power of Chinese consumers will actually be used to address environmental and safety concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism
EditorsMagnus Boström, Michele Micheletti, Peter Oosterveer
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190629038
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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institutional change
China
food consumption
energy consumption
industrialization
middle class
urbanization
modernization
social change
communication technology
economic growth
information technology
sustainability
globalization
governance
politics

Keywords

  • consumerism
  • institutional changes
  • behavioral change
  • consumption transitions
  • food
  • energy

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Lei, Z., Liu, W., & Oosterveer, P. J. M. (2018). Institutional Changes and Changing Political Consumerism in China. In M. Boström, M. Micheletti, & P. Oosterveer (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190629038.013.26
Lei, Zhang ; Liu, Wenling ; Oosterveer, P.J.M. / Institutional Changes and Changing Political Consumerism in China. The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism. editor / Magnus Boström ; Michele Micheletti ; Peter Oosterveer. Oxford University Press, 2018.
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Lei, Z, Liu, W & Oosterveer, PJM 2018, Institutional Changes and Changing Political Consumerism in China. in M Boström, M Micheletti & P Oosterveer (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190629038.013.26

Institutional Changes and Changing Political Consumerism in China. / Lei, Zhang; Liu, Wenling; Oosterveer, P.J.M.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism. ed. / Magnus Boström; Michele Micheletti; Peter Oosterveer. Oxford University Press, 2018.

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Lei Z, Liu W, Oosterveer PJM. Institutional Changes and Changing Political Consumerism in China. In Boström M, Micheletti M, Oosterveer P, editors, The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism. Oxford University Press. 2018 https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190629038.013.26