China Goes Green Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet YIFEI LI & JUDITH SHAPIRO NYU Shanghai; American University “A clearly written, comprehensive and timely volume, China Goes Green will help students, researchers, and the general public understand how to think about China’s ‘authoritarian environmentalism’ – or more accurately, as Li and Shapiro argue – ‘environmental authoritarianism’ under Xi Jinping. A concise guide to a very important issue.” Emily Yeh, University of Colorado Boulder “Even as someone well versed in this material, I learned a great deal from this impressive text. I would absolutely use it with my students.” Matto Mildenberger, University of California, Santa Barbara What does it mean for the future of the planet when one of the world’s most durable authoritarian governance systems pursues “ecological civilization”? Despite its staggering pollution and colossal appetite for resources, China exemplifies a model of state-led environmentalism which concentrates decisive political, economic, and epistemic power under centralized leadership. On the face of it, China seems to embody hope for a radical new approach to environmental governance. In this thought-provoking book, Yifei Li and Judith Shapiro probe the concrete mechanisms of China’s coercive environmentalism to show how ‘going green’ helps the state to further other agendas such as citizen surveillance and geopolitical influence. Through top-down initiatives, regulations, and campaigns to mitigate pollution and environmental degradation, the Chinese authorities also promote control over the behavior of individuals and enterprises, pacification of borderlands, and expansion of Chinese power and influence along the Belt and Road and even into the global commons. Given the limited time that remains to mitigate climate change and protect millions of species from extinction, we need to consider whether a green authoritarianism can show us the way. This book explores both its promises and risks.
216 x 138mm | 248 pages | UK July 2020, US September 2020 HB | 978-1-5095-4311-3 | £50.00 | $64.95 | €61.90 PB | 978-1-5095-4312-0 | £15.99 | $22.95 | €19.90 ebook available
Making Climate Policy Work DANNY CULLENWARD AND DAVID G. VICTOR Stanford Law School; UC San Diego For decades the world’s governments have struggled to move from talk to action on climate. Many now hope that growing public concern will lead to greater policy ambition, but progress depends on sound strategy. Yet the most widely promoted climate policy—the use of market-based programs to reduce climate pollution—hasn’t been working and isn’t ready to scale. Danny Cullenward and David Victor show why the elegant theory of markets has failed to have much impact in practice. The reasons, they argue, are deeply rooted in the politics of creating and maintaining effective markets—forces that have caused low prices and led to few climate benefits in nearly every program to date. These problems are structural and won’t disappear with increasing demand for climate solutions. Confronting them requires counterintuitive reforms, but even reformed markets are unlikely to drive the scale of change needed to stabilize the climate. Facing that reality, Cullenward and Victor argue, requires relying more heavily on regulation and industrial policy—strategies that ultimately turn on strengthened government capacities to deliver the benefits markets promise, but rarely deliver.
216 x 138mm | 256 pages | UK October 2020, US December 2020 HB | 978-1-5095-4179-9 | £50.00 | $64.95 | €61.90 PB | 978-1-5095-4180-5 | £15.99 | $22.95 | €19.90 ebook available
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