Local Climate Governance in China: Hybrid Actors and Market Mechanisms

Local Climate Governance in China

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Miriam Schröder – 2011

Climate change and China have become the buzz words in the effort to fight global warming. China has now become the world's leading host country for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This surprising success story reveals how market mechanisms work out well even in countries with economies in transition and market actors that are public-private hybrids. Miriam Schröder analyzes how local semi-public agencies have performed in the diffusion process for spreading knowledge and capacity for CDM. Based on extensive research of four provincial CDM centers, she discloses how these agencies contributed to kick-starting the local Chinese carbon market. Findings reveal that the CDM center approach is a recommendable, but improvable model for other countries in need for local CDM capacity development. It is also shown that hybrid actors in emerging economies like China need to improve their accountability if they are indeed to contribute to public goods provision for environmental governance.

Title
Local Climate Governance in China: Hybrid Actors and Market Mechanisms
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Keywords
Research Project D3
Date
2011-11-08
Identifier
ISBN 978-0230301610
Appeared in
International Political Economy Series
Language
eng
Type
Text

 

Table of Contents:

Introduction 

PART I: THE CHALLENGE

Climate Change as a New Challenge to Environmental Governance in China

PART II: THE PERFORMANCE OF CDM CENTERS AS SEMI-PUBLIC AGENCIES

The Need for Capacity Development in the Early CDM Market

The Role of Agencies in Diffusing the CDM

Case Study on the Performance of Four CDM Centres

Lessons Learned about the Role of Diffusion Catalysts

PART III: IMPLICATIONS OF HYBRID ACTORS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

Blurring of Public and Private Boundaries

Conclusion: How to Make Hybrid Actors Accountable for Public Good Provision