The forging of state-led ecological modernisation: Renewable energy in Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces, China

Geoffrey Chun-fung Chen*

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Ecological modernisation has evolved and shifted from a social theory to a political agenda that endeavours to tackle the environmental consequences of industrialisation. Drawing on primary information collected from interviews with provincial policy-makers, industrial managers and representatives of professional associations, the article analyses renewable energy deployment in two coastal provinces of China. Institutional configurations are also examined in order to understand whether coherent synergies between environmental and economic goals can be achieved. The article argues that the inteventionist, state-centric measures in the regional renewable energy sector represent a novel form of ecological modernisation distinguishable from the models that originated in Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-43
JournalChina: An International Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
Externally publishedYes

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