Carbon Trading in China

Environmental Discourse and Politics

  • Alex Lo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Alex Lo
    Pages 1-12
  3. Alex Lo
    Pages 35-50
  4. Alex Lo
    Pages 51-79
  5. Alex Lo
    Pages 134-143
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 144-172

About this book


Carbon trading has the potential to become the mainstream climate change policy approach, finding its way in China, the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter and second largest economy. Focusing on political dimensions, Alex Lo explores the discourse of carbon trading in this country. As a socialist market economy, China emerges as an exception, where liberal forms of political and market norms do not prevail. The author provides a review of the policy development process and institutional issues about the construction of carbon markets in China. He also presents a critique about the political origins and drivers of the national preference for market institutions, and narratives about the relationship between national power and climate change action.


Carbon trading emission trading environmental policy environmental politics political economy climate change China Asia Carbon Trading Climate change policy development environment

Authors and affiliations

  • Alex Lo
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Hong KongHong Kong

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-55543-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52900-8
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