Green Politics in China: Environmental Governance and State-society Relations

Green Politics in China: Environmental Governance and State-society Relations


By (author) Joy Y. Zhang, By (author) Michael D. Barr

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  • Publisher: PLUTO PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 168 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 206mm x 26mm | 460g
  • Publication date: 20 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0745332994
  • ISBN 13: 9780745332994
  • Sales rank: 693,963

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Based on interviews with members of grassroots organisations, media and government institutions, Green Politics in China provides an in-depth and engaging account of the novel ways in which Chinese society is responding to its environmental crisis, using examples rarely captured in Western media or academia. Joy Y. Zhang and Michael Barr explain how environmental problems are transforming Chinese society through new developments such as the struggle for clean air, low-carbon conspiracy theories, new forms of public fund raising and the international tactics of grassroots NGOs. In doing so, they challenge static understandings of state-society relations in China. Green Politics in China is an illuminating and detailed investigation which provides crucial insights into how China is both changing internally and emerging as a powerful player in global environmental politics.

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Author information

Joy Y Zhang is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent and is an Affiliated Researcher at the College d'Etudes Mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme, France. She is the author of The Cosmopolitanization of Science: Stem Cell Governance in China (2012). Michael Barr is a Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University. He is the author of Who's Afraid of China? The Challenge of Chinese Soft Power (2011).

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Through a series of fascinating case studies and interviews, Zhang and Barr reveal the complex interaction between China's people and its government as policy is decided and implemented. This book should be read by all those with an interest in the future of our planet and in the changing relationship between state and society in China. -- Tony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University This book provides a very insightful and in-depth study on Chinese green NGOs, their relation with the party-state, political leverage, and the multi-dimensional ways in which they influence environmental policy and frame their campaigns. It will be a valuable book for those interested in China's environmental politics. -- Peter Ho, Ford Foundation

Table of contents

Introduction 1: Who Is To Blame? 2: Ways of Seeing 3: Ways of Changing 4: Conformist Rebels 5: The Green Leap Forward Conclusion: To Stomach a Green Society Bibliography Index