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Government responses to environmental conflicts in urban China: the case of the Panyu waste incineration power plant in Guangzhou
- Li, Yanwei, Homburg, Vincent, de Jong, Martin, Koppenjan, Joop
- Journal of cleaner production 2016 v.134 pp. 354-361
- empirical research, environmental impact, local government, power plants, waste incineration, wastes, China
- Unsustainable production and consumption patterns in China's metropolitan areas have resulted in an increase in the production of waste materials for which local governments have to find solutions, one of which is the construction of waste incineration power plants. These plans often meet resistance from residents who fear negative environmental impacts. This paper presents an in-depth study of how Chinese local governments responded to an environmental conflict regarding the construction of an incineration power plant in Panyu district, Guangzhou City, PRC, using a typology to identify and categorize these government responses. The empirical analysis shows that local governments engage in various new ways of dealing with these conflicts. The article aims to enhance insight into the response of Chinese local governments to these conflicts and provide building block for further research.