Local Environmental Politics in China - Challenges and Innovations

G. Kostka (Editor), A.P.J. Mol (Editor)

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This book illuminates the fast-changing dynamics of local environmental politics in China. In the course of building up an institutional framework for environmental governance over the last decade, local actors have generated a variety of policy innovations and experiments. In large measure these are creative responses to two main challenges associated with translating national environmental policies into local realities. The first such challenge is a ‘policy implementation gap’ stemming from the absence of the state capacity necessary to the implementation of environmental measures. The second challenge refers to the need for local non-state actors to engage in environmental management; oftentimes such a ‘participation gap’ contributes to implementation failures. In recent years, we have seen a multitude of initiatives within China at the provincial level and below designed to bridge both ‘gaps’. Hence, the central aim of this book is to assess these experiments and innovations in local environmental politics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Number of pages129
ISBN (Print)9780415723299
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • environmental policy
  • local government
  • china
  • innovations


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