Institutional constraints on China's transition to sustainability

Yang Chen, Cleber Dutra, Richard Sanders

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Green Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


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