China Goes Green: Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet

My book, China Goes Green: Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet, provides an innovative, evidence-based analysis of China’s exercise of environmental power at home and overseas. In it, my co-author Judith Shapiro and I argue that, counterintuitively, the strength of China’s brand of state-led environmentalism hinges not on a strong state, but on mechanisms that place state power in check.

To order a copy, US-based readers can use Amazon. Readers in other parts of the world may want to order from Book Depository. Reviewers and college instructors can order directly from Polity.

To read more about the book, you can check out The Economist‘s review by David Rennie and our interview with Tianjie Ma in China Dialogue. Since the book’s publication, we have written a series of articles to continue our critical investigation; they are in Noema Magazine and the South China Morning Post. Reviews by academic peers have appeared in top scholarly outlets, including Environmental Politics, Governance, and the Journal of Political Ecology. General information about the book is available on its info sheet, which we continuously update as new information becomes available.

To listen to an interview on the subject, there is my conversaton with Marco Werman on NPR’s The World or the episode about global climate leadership on The Economist’s Babbage. Other choices include the Sinica Podcast‘s interview asking whether coercive environmentalism is the answer to the global climate challenge or Environment China‘s special episode about the book.

To watch a video featuring the book, choose from our youtube playlist, which consists of recordings of past events at prestigious institutions such as the Wilson Center and the Fairbank Center!

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