Given the complex nature of climate governance driven by the diversity of actors and interests at various levels, detailed empirical analysis is critical to develop a nuanced understanding of who drives and who obstructs the local implementation of climate-related policies. This study examines the multiple local stakeholders and their interests who are involved in implementing the climate policies formulated by the central government. Focusing on renewable energy policy implementation at the local (city) level, the paper is organised as follows. Section 2 reviews the existing literature and identifies the key actors in Chinese renewable energy and their motivations to drive or obstruct policy implementation. Section 3 introduces the research methodology and case study selection criteria. In Sections 4 and 5, the paper presents the two case studies – photovoltaic and wind energy – including a detailed analysis of the interest of the stakeholders involved in policy implementation. Section 6 presents the conclusions of the paper.
Dai YiXin. Who Drives Climate-relevant Policy Implementation in China? Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, UK (2015) 51 pp. [IDS Evidence Report 134]