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Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal

ISSN: 1477-7835
Previously published as: Environmental Management and Health

Online from: 2003

Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment

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Public participation in China: sustainable urbanization and governance


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Title:Public participation in China: sustainable urbanization and governance
Author(s):Bert Enserink, (Faculty of Technology Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands), Joop Koppenjan, (Faculty of Technology Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands)
Citation:Bert Enserink, Joop Koppenjan, (2007) "Public participation in China: sustainable urbanization and governance", Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 18 Iss: 4, pp.459 - 474
Keywords:China, Citizen participation, Economic sustainability, Governance
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/14777830710753848 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this research is to focus on the governance aspects of China's environmental policy making and the conditions for meaningful public participation in sustainable urbanization policy making. China is facing a big urbanization challenge. Rapid economic growth and inefficient use of natural resources lead to excessive pollution and rapid depletion of China's natural resources. Water scarcity, especially in the north-eastern part of the country, already is a big problem. The Chinese government has formulated policies and legislation to protect the environment and to produce a more sustainable growth, but implementation is lagging. Moreover, rapid modernization of Chinese society also led to first experiments with the organization of public hearings on environmental issues.

Design/methodology/approach – Literature is presented on governance and public participation in environmental policy making supplemented with material from case study research and expert meetings in China.

Findings – The findings show the interrelatedness of environmental governance and public participation, which leads to policy recommendations for public participation in sustainable urbanization processes.

Originality/value – This paper highlights the potential environmental gains through public participation in sustainable urbanization strategy policy in China.



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