Civil Society and Risk Regulation: Insights from NGOs efforts to reduce industrial pollution in China
In this seminar Kathinka Fürst analyses the role of civil society in China's war against pollution.
In the past decade the Chinese State has played a vital role in the development of a civil regulatory space for environmental NGOs, by, amongst others, introducing laws that grant citizens and social organisations the right to participate in public hearings, to obtain information related to environmental issues and to initiate environmental public interest litigation. The Chinese State clearly envisions a role for civil society in their recently proclaimed ‘war against pollution’. With a focus on civil non-state regulatory theories, and based on insights from a study of twenty-seven environmental NGOs from fifteen different provinces in China, this presentation outlines the regulatory roles NGOs in China play in regulation of industrial pollution, the Chinese characteristics of civil regulation and a number of theoretical implications derived from a study of civil regulation in an authoritarian state.
Kathinka Fürst is Associate Director, Environmental Research Centre, Duke Kunshan University.