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Are Model Cities an Effective Instrument for Urban Environmental Governance?

Brehm, Stefan LU and Svensson, Jesper (2019) In ARI - Springer Asia Series 7. p.25-49
Abstract
Since the 1980s, China’s central government has created various model and incentive schemes aimed at systematically and concurrently promoting innovative approaches for protecting the urban ecological environment. In this context, programmes such as the ‘model city for protecting the environment’, ‘garden city’, ‘eco-city’, or ‘low-carbon city’ have become an integral part of China’s system for urban environmental governance. However, the role of these policy-incentive schemes for promoting best practice is only partly understood. This chapter contributes to the literature with a conceptualization of model cities as a dynamic governance instrument. The analysis suggests that the distance between programme objectives and local practices... (More)
Since the 1980s, China’s central government has created various model and incentive schemes aimed at systematically and concurrently promoting innovative approaches for protecting the urban ecological environment. In this context, programmes such as the ‘model city for protecting the environment’, ‘garden city’, ‘eco-city’, or ‘low-carbon city’ have become an integral part of China’s system for urban environmental governance. However, the role of these policy-incentive schemes for promoting best practice is only partly understood. This chapter contributes to the literature with a conceptualization of model cities as a dynamic governance instrument. The analysis suggests that the distance between programme objectives and local practices increases with programme maturity. Model-city schemes inevitably reach a point of saturation once a competing programme provides new opportunities to gain political and economic rents. (Less)
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Greening China's Urban Governance
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ARI - Springer Asia Series
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Delman, Jørgen; Ren, Yuan; Luova, Outi; Burell, Mattias; Almén, Oscar; ; ; ; and
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7
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25 - 49
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Springer
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2367-105X
2367-1068
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9789811307409
9789811307393
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10.1007/978-981-13-0740-9_2
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English
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  author       = {Brehm, Stefan and Svensson, Jesper},
  editor       = {Delman, Jørgen and Ren, Yuan and Luova, Outi and Burell, Mattias and Almén, Oscar},
  isbn         = {9789811307409},
  issn         = {2367-105X},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {25--49},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {ARI - Springer Asia Series},
  title        = {Are Model Cities an Effective Instrument for Urban Environmental Governance?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0740-9_2},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2019},
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