Governing eco-cities in China: Urban climate experimentation, international cooperation, and multilevel governance

Minsi Liu, Tek Sheng Kevin LO*

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Abstract

International cooperation has become an important element of urban climate experimentation, particularly in developing countries. Using the Sino-German Eco-Park in Qingdao as a case study, we argue that while multilevel governance and international cooperation are often discussed separately, these two governance tendencies are in fact both important to China's urban climate experimentation. In particular, Chinese multilevel governance enables bilateral cooperation by (re)shaping the national vision at the local level and resolving potential conflicts or contradictions. It also allows local and foreign intermediaries to coordinate and match resources among different interests and actors. The effectiveness of multilevel governance in eco-city projects is conditioned by intermediary institutions’ resources and capabilities. Effectiveness also depends on maintaining the attention of national governments to the eco-city projects. Thus, the cooperative form, the actors’ attributes, and the resources mobilised by actors are three important factors that affect the outcomes of international eco-city projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-22
Number of pages11
JournalGeoforum
Volume121
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Bilateralism
  • China
  • Eco-cities
  • Intermediary institutions
  • Multilevel governance
  • Urban climate experimentation

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