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The Evolution of Environmental Policy in the People’s Republic of China

Author(s): Richard Louis Edmonds

Journal: Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
ISSN 1868-1026

Volume: 40;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 13;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Political science | Implementation | environmental policy | climate change | pollution | 320 | China | Contemporary

This paper outlines how the evolution of China’s policy and study of the environment are reflected in the scholarly literature, paying special attention to the impact of the country’s environmental developments on international relations. In particular, it examines accounts of how China has moved from an isolated national scientific and environmental control infrastructure into the centre of international environmental debates as its society has opened and the geographical scale of ecological problems has expanded. The paper also identifies the continuing inhibitors to China’s ability to control environmental degradation – including lack of transparency, elite manipulation, and bureaucratic weaknesses – despite the opening of China’s system to limited participation of civil society in its environmental debates.

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