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China Goes Green

Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet

Yifei Li Judith Shapiro



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Polity Press
04 November 2020
Regional studies; Politics & government; Mathematics & Sciences; Geography; The environment; Environmental science, engineering & technology
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.
By:   Yifei Li, Judith Shapiro
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 141mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781509543120
ISBN 10:   1509543120
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   04 November 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Yifei Li is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU Shanghai, and Global Network Assistant Professor at NYU. Judith Shapiro is Professor and Director of the Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at American University.

Reviews for China Goes Green: Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet

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 China Goes Green brilliantly redefines our understanding of modern Chinese governance, dismantling a simplified portrait and illuminating the force, and the flaws, of the centralized approach that some officials call the 'era of coercion.' These insights are vital to understanding not only China's environmental policy but also its handling of public-health emergencies and other issues of urgent global interest. Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China

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