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Bringing the low-carbon agenda to China

Hofem, A., & Heilmann, S. ( 2013 ). Bringing the low-carbon agenda to China: a study in transnational policy diffusion. Journal Of Current Chinese Affairs, 42(1), pp. 199-215. Retrieved November 29, 2013, from http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/article/view/596


This study traces the transnational interactions that contributed to introducing the low-carbon economy agenda into Chinese policymaking. A microprocessual two-level analysis (outside-in as well as inside-access) is employed to analyse transnational and domestic exchanges. The study provides evidence that low-carbon agenda-setting – introduced by transnational actors, backed by foreign funding, promoted by policy entrepreneurs from domestic research institutes, propelled by top-level attention, but only gradually and cautiously adopted by the government bureaucracy – can be considered a case of effective transnational diffusion based on converging perceptions of novel policy challenges and options. Opinion leaders and policy-brokers from the government-linked scientific community functioned as effective access points to the Chinese government’s policy agenda.

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Monique Abud

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

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Drought in Yunnan: ecological and water quality factors

Yang, Fangyi and Zhou Jiading (2013). Why has water-rich Yunnan become a drought hotspot? China dialogue, 29 April. (Accessed 23 May 2013). [English version]

杨方义, 周嘉鼎 (2013). 云南为什么缺水?中外对话, 4月 29日. (Accessed 23 May 2013). [中文版本]

Yunnan’s drought continues. During China’s annual parliamentary session in March, the deputy party secretary of the south-west Chinese province, Qiu He, blamed spring floodwaters that flow through Yunnan and on into other countries for the water shortages.
He proposed a system of reservoirs, dams and tanks to store that water, which could then be distributed more evenly over time and between locations. But many complained that Chinese officials were trying to pass their own troubles on to others.
Historically, Yunnan hasn’t been known for suffering droughts. Today, however, it is famous for it.
The winter and spring droughts that started in 2009 continue to plague China’s south-west, harming the region’s vulnerable economy – particularly agriculture and forestry. Cash crops such as sugar cane and coffee have been lost, and the crisis is restricting Yunnan’s economic growth.

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云南继续大旱。2013年3月,云南省委副书记仇和在全国两会期间表示:云南不是没有水,且水资源充沛,但三江春水向南流,多流到国外了。并 建议要大中小水库、坝塘、水窖一起蓄水,提高水资源时间和空间分布不均衡的解决能力。此语引发争议,很多人认为这是一些中国官员“以邻为壑”心态的体现。

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Watts, Elleka (2013) Water scarcity and social equality in China. China power. A new world order, 23 May 2013. (Accessed 23 May 2013).




Monique Abud

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

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Responsibility for emissions and aspirations for development

Article of Olivia Bina, “Responsibility for emissions and aspirations for development”, in Paul G. Harris (ed.), China’s responsibility for climate change: ethics, fairness, and environmental policy, University of Chicago Press, 2011. 256 p. Olivia Bina is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences University of Lisbon, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Resource Management of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also a member of UrbaChina.

Drawing on practices and theories of environmental justice, ‘China’s responsibility for climate change’ describes China’s contribution to global warming and analyzes its policy responses. Contributors critically examine China’s practical and ethical responsibilities to climate change from a variety of perspectives. They explore policies that could mitigate China’s environmental impact while promoting its own interests and meeting the international community’s expectations. The book is accessible to a wide readership, including academics, policy makers and activists.All royalties from sales of this book will be donated to Friends of the Earth.ll royalties from sales of this book will be donated to Friends of the Earth.


Part One

  • Introduction: Diplomacy, responsibility and China’s climate change policy / Paul G. Harris

Part Two

  • Determining responsibility: Climate duties, human rights and historical emissions / Derek Bell
  • Responsibility for emissions and aspirations for development / Olivia Bina
  • Differentiating historical responsibilities for climate change / Christian Ellermann, Niklas Höhne and Benito Müller
  • The non-cooperator pays principle and the climate standoff / Jonathan Symons

Part Three

  • Policy implications: Evaluating ethical obligations across scales of governance / Erich W. Schienke
  •  Short-lived greenhouse gases and climate fairness / Frances C. Moore and Michael C. MacCracken
  •  Sustainable consumption and production in global value chains / Patrick Schroeder
  • Global governance, responsibility and a new climate regime / Andreas Oberheitmann and Eva Sternfeld

Part Four

  • Conclusion: Chinese responsibility for climate change  / Paul G. Harris.

 Publications of Olivia Bina

Jacqueline Nivard

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

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