A new publication: Working politically for a low carbon state
How do local leaders in sub-national governments in China ‘work politically’ to achieve nationally determined energy efficiency targets in that complex institutional and political environment? Using an approach that explores the relations between structure and agency, new research from the field by Genia Kostka and William Hobbs, commissioned by the DLP, analyses this in Shanxi, a major coal producing and energy intensive province in China. They show how local leaders operate politically to achieve these ends. Manipulating both formal and informal networks and relations, local officials devise incentives and create ‘bundles’ of policy deals that help to persuade politically powerful local players to assist in meeting the targets. The process not only enables local political elites to meet national targets and hence gain ‘brownie points’ for themselves, but also ensures their local legitimacy too.
This is the first of two papers for the DLP on the politics of sub-national energy efficiency which will compare the processes in China and India. MORE