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February 28, 2021

What Motivates Local Sustainability Policy Action in China? The Case of Low-Carbon City Pilot Program

Evans Authors: Craig W. Thomas

Liu, Z., Wang, J. & Thomas, C. (2021). Urban Affairs Review.

An increasing volume of literature has sought to identify factors that motivate cities to pursue sustainability and adopt climate policies. However, most empirical studies were done in Western countries, where relatively high local autonomy and low pressure on industrial growth create conditions for spontaneous policy innovations in sustainability. This paper uses China’s Low-Carbon City Pilot Program…

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