Authoritarian Environmentalism as the Answer to Climate Change? What can be learned from Environmental Governance in China

Simon Michael Wahl

Studenteropgave: Speciale


While many Western countries struggle to reach even the modest environmental
goals they set for themselves after the Paris Climate Accord, China has showcased
leadership ability in certain policy areas, but lagging behind in others. Its authoritarian
governance style can be an asset and a liability in this regard and the Chinese way thus
shows both the upsides and downsides of authoritarian rule when it comes to the
environment. Western democracies can learn from both - the failures and successes of
China, and would do well to take notes and adjust its environmental governance to reflect
those lessons. In short, this essay seeks to understand how the authoritarian regime type in
China affects its environmental policy and what the Chinese experience can teach us for
environmental governance in liberal democracies. I will propose an alternative way that
merges democratic institutions with authoritarian methods when it comes to decisions
related to climate change and the environment.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Master
Udgivelsesdato3 sep. 2019
Antal sider125
VejledereThorkil Casse