Climate Change Policy and Governance

Authored by: Gørild Heggelund , Rebecca Nadin

Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138831117
eBook ISBN: 9781315736761
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315736761.ch8

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Abstract

In 2007, the same year in which China was ranked as the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases in total terms (Heggelund et al. 2010; PBL 2007), major changes were also taking place in the country's climate policy making and governance (Stensdal 2014). Certainly, over the past couple of decades, China's approach to addressing climate change has evolved from viewing it as a purely scientific concern to a foreign policy issue primarily discussed in international negotiations, to one that is now seen as fundamental to the nation's socio-economic development.

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