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Neighbourhood governance in urban China

Yip, Ngai-Ming (ed.) (2014). Neighbourhood governance in urban China. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar. XI-213 p. ISBN: 978-1-78100-023-6

Neighbourhood Governance In Urban ChinaAs the economy and society of China has become more diversified, so have its urban neighbourhoods. The last decade has witnessed a surge in collective action by homeowners in China against the infringement of their rights. Research on neighbourhood governance is sparse and limited, so this book fills a vital gap in the literature and understanding.

The authors reveal how the Chinese authorities have themselves become increasingly sensitive to the potential risk of collective actions becoming destabilizing forces in urban arenas. This thought-provoking book looks at both the theoretical and empirical underpinning of the self-governance of homeowners and their collective action, as well as control mechanisms in neighbourhood governance. The book offers a window through which contending issues, such as changing state–society relations, rights-based social movements and the emergence of civil society, can be further explored.

Neighbourhood governance is a multifaceted concept that cuts across academic disciplines and intersects an array of policy areas. Therefore this book will find a wide audience amongst public and social policy academics, particularly those with an interest in urban studies, governance and Asian cities, as well as politics.

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Let 500-million internet users blossom

The e-commerce group Alibaba has launched an initiative to tackle water pollution encouraging its internet users to buy testing devices from its e-commerce store and measure water quality across the country. The results can be uploaded to a digital map. Although the government hasn’t confirmed it, it is probable that it has given the green light to the initiative. Otherwise it would be difficult to imagine such a bold move from the internet giant.

Encouraging netizens to publicly denounce environmental issues seems a priori an excellent tool to detect irregularities throughout the country. However, denouncers will have to make sure the device works properly before uploading results to the web. A judicial interpretation issued last month allows the jailing of any individual who spreads rumors or makes defamatory comments online (which are reposted 500 times).  Web 2.0 put to good use, hopefully.

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Miguel Elosua

Spanish qualified lawyer; PhD in Chinese Law. UrbaChina Research Officer. Has lived in China since 2006.

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China and the environment. The Green Revolution

Source: ChinaFile http://www.chinafile.com/china-and-environment

Sixteen of the world’s twenty most polluted cities are in China. A serious water pollution incident occurs once every two-to-three days. China’s breakneck growth causes great concern about its global environmental impacts, as others look to China as a source for possible future solutions to climate change. But how are Chinese people really coming to grips with environmental problems? This book provides access to otherwise unknown stories of environmental activism and forms the first real-life account of China and its environmental tensions.

Zed Books http://zedbooks.co.uk/paperback/china-and-the-environment

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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