What does it mean for the future of the planet when one of the world’s most durable authoritarian governance systems pursues “ecological civilization”? Despite its staggering pollution and colossal appetite for resources, China exemplifies a model of state-led environmentalism which concentrates decisive political, economic, and epistemic power under centralized leadership. On the face of it, China seems to embody hope for a radical new approach to environmental governance.
Hear from Yifei Li (NYU Shanghai) and Judith Shapiro (American University), authors of China Goes Green: Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet. Organized by the Duke Asian/Pacific Studies Institute and Duke Global Asia Initiative.