Handbook on Urban Development in China
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Handbook on Urban Development in China

Edited by Ray Yep, June Wang and Thomas Johnson

The trajectory and logic of urban development in post-Mao China have been shaped and defined by the contention between domestic and global capital, central and local state and social actors of different class status and endowment. This urban transformation process of historic proportion entails new rules for distribution and negotiation, novel perceptions of citizenship, as well as room for unprecedented spontaneity and creativity. Based on original research by leading experts, this book offers an updated and nuanced analysis of the new logic of urban governance and its implications.
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Chapter 6: Public discussion, political support and vision for low-carbon sustainablecities in China: a toolkit for policy makers, NGOs and the public

Bo Miao and Graeme Lang


How can Chinese cities become more sustainable while pursuing urbanization? And what are the key components for building low carbon sustainable Chinese cities? Public support and political leadership for action to increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions are important to implement policies and practices that can make a substantial difference in a city’s performance. This chapter reviews some of the kinds of publicizing, organizing, support and joint policy-development that have occurred in various cities, thus producing a menu of strategies for Chinese cities. We then analyse why ‘climate change’ is not an appropriate term for pursue sustainability and briefly examine popular campaigns like building green city, garden city, low-carbon city, eco-city, sustainable city in China, and find that none of these grandiose attempts have produced a solid record. Finally, we present some more powerful master-themes such as ‘resilience’ and ‘sustainability which are capable of encompassing and further justifying the policies which would reduce GHG emissions and contribute to the achievement of ‘low-carbon’ cities in China.

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