Learning From China?
Development and Environment in Third World Countries
Edited by Bernhard Glaeser
Routledge – 2011 – 304 pages
First published in 1987, this volume was written to shed some light upon the nature and environmental consequences and wider relevance of development strategies in the Peoples’ Republic of China. It covers industrialisation, food production, energy use and landscape and settlement planning.
The Chinese "autocentred" strategy is assessed from both the developmental and the environmental viewpoints. Decision-making processes and the opportunities to implement environmental policy in other parts of the developing world are analysed and the volume concludes with the view that benefits to other countries are likely to arise out of increased co-operation and exchange with China, although the Chinese model is by no means a panacea.
All students and researchers interested in either environmental or developmental issues will find this book to be a substantial and enlightening contribution to literature.
Part I: Chinese Philosophies and Strategies for Development 1. On the Reactions of Chinese Culture Against the Western Challenge: The Other Side of Modernization 2. The Chinese Path to Development 3. An Essay on Reproduction: The Example of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region 4. Shortage of Land Resources as a Factor in Development: The Example of the People’s Republic of China Part II: Environmental Policy and Planning 5. The Origins of Environmental Management in China 6. Economic Reform and its Impact on the Environment in China 7. Agriculture and Environmental Protection in China 8. Rural Ecodevelopment Policy in China and the Origins of Economic Adjustment 9. Agriculture as a component of China’s Modernisation Strategy 10. Energy and Environment in China 11. The Operational contexts between Developmental, Environmental and Settlement Policies Part III: The Possibilities and Constraints of Policy Implementation: Learning From China 12. The Implementation of National Environmental Policies in Developing Countries 13. The Natural Resources Programme of the United Nations University 14. Large-Scale Biogas Technology in China 15. Biogas in Iran: Learning from China? 16. From Central Provision to Local Enablement: New Directions for Housing Policies 17. The Rural Habitat: main Focus of Appropriate Technologies for Rural Development 18. The Environment: what the Powers That Be care two hoots about
Bernhard Glaeser is the President of the German Society for Human Ecology (DGH), LOICZ (Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone) Corresponding Member (previously Scientific Steering Committee) and member of the IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research) Human Dimensions Working Group (IMBER HD). He joined the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) in 1976, became Professor of Human Ecology in 1995 at Göteborg University (Sweden) and Professor of Sociology in 2001 at the Berlin Free University, Department of Political and Social Sciences. Glaeser holds degrees in economics, philosophy and sociology. He has done environmental and sustainability research in Germany, Sweden, Tanzania, China, India and Indonesia and is affiliated with various international editorial and advisory boards.