Int. J. of Green Economics   »   2008 Vol.2, No.2



Title: Institutional constraints on China's transition to sustainability


Author: Yang Chen, Cleber Dutra, Richard Sanders


Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TN, UK.
School of Applied Sciences, University of Northampton, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK.
The China and Transitional Economies Research Centre, University of Northampton, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK


Abstract: This paper analyses the institutional constraints on China's transition to sustainability. Through the investigation of the ecological dimension of the sustainability in China, we argue that there is a vacuum of social consensus and public understanding resulting from unbridled meritocracy and that this forms the key barrier to China's transition to sustainability. In our conclusion, we strongly propose a public debate in the form of dialogue among different classes and interest groups in Chinese society to contemplate a substantial paradigm shift from the transition to sustainable development to the transition to sustainability.


Keywords: China; sustainability; institutional constraints; sustainable development; ecology; green economics.


DOI: 10.1504/IJGE.2008.019996


Int. J. of Green Economics, 2008 Vol.2, No.2, pp.135 - 152


Available online: 20 Aug 2008



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