Journal article

Governance rescaling and neoliberalization of China's water governance: The case of China's South-North Water Transfer Project

Jichuan Sheng, Michael Webber

ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING A-ECONOMY AND SPACE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between rescaling and the neoliberalization of water governance in the South–North Water Transfer Project. It demonstrates that the Chinese government has selectively adopted some neoliberal tools while rejecting others and dismissing the ideology of neoliberalism. These elements of neoliberalism are sometimes associated with the rescaling of water governance upward, downward, outward and inward. Rescaling has evolved expediently rather than through planned design, reflecting both the exigencies of practical problems and the legacies of bureaucratic power struggles. Market-friendly reforms enable more actors to bring environmental interests into state and..

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Grants

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by Social Science Foundation in Jiangsu Province


Awarded by Six Talent Peaks Project in Jiangsu Province


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: this work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant numbers 71774088 and 71303123), the Social Science Foundation in Jiangsu Province (17GLD014), the Six Talent Peaks Project in Jiangsu Province (2017-JNHB-058), the Qing Lan Project and the Australian Research Council (DP170104138).