SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentMA Program of Political Science, First Year PhD Program of Political Science, First Year MA Program of Political Science, Second Year PhD Program of Political Science, Second Year
Course NameEnvironmental Protection in Taiwan and Mainland China
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Topic One: Overall Introduction

Week 1: Overall Introduction of the Class

Introducing the Instructor, Course and Participants, Housekeeping.

Week 2: Theoretical Foundation—A Rational Choice Perspective

Levi, Margaret. 1997. “A Model, a Method, and a Map: Rational Choice in Comparative and Historical Analysis.” In Mark Lichbach and Alan Zuckerman eds., Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, pp. 19-41.

Week 3: Brown Agenda—the Need for Pollution Control

Economy, 2006. “Environmental Governance: The Emerging Economic Dimension.” Environmental Politics, 15 (2):171-189.

Week 4: Green Agenda—the Need for Conservation

Guha, Ramachandra, 1997. “The Authoritarian Biologist and the Arrogance of Anti-Humanism”, The Ecologist, 27 (1): 14-20.

Week 5: Resources and Sustainable Development

Nielsen et al., 2004. “Fisheries Co-Management—An Institutional Innovation? Lessons from South East Asia and Southern Africa.” Marine Policy, 28 (2): 151-160.

Week 6: Features of Environmental Problems and Politics

Chien, 2007. “Institutional Innovations, Asymmetric Decentralization, and Local Economic Development: A Case Study of Kunshan, in Post-Mao China.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 25: 269-290.

Topic 2: the Demand for Environmental Protection

Week 7: Victim and NIMBY Protests

Johnson, 2010. “Environmentalism and NIMBYism in China: Promoting a Rules-Based Approach to Public Participation.” Environmental Politics, 19 (3): 430-448.

Week 8: Conflicting Demands: Environmental Justice

Adger, 2001. “Scales of Governance and Environmental Justice for Adaptation and Mitigation of Climate Change.” Journal of International Development, 13: 921-931.

Week 9: Grassroots Conservation Initiatives

Martens, K. 2006. “Participation with Chinese Characteristics: Citizen Consumers in China’s Environmental Management,” Environmental Politics, 15 (2): 211-230.

Topic 3: the Supply of Environmental Protection

Week 10: Capacity Building and Policy Tools

Fiorino, 1990. “Citizen Participation and Environmental Risk: A Survey of Institutional Mechanisms.” Science, Technology, & Human Values, 15 (2): 226-243.

Week 11: Governance Structure: Judicial Roles

Rinquist, Evan & Craig Emmert, 1999. “Judicial Policymaking in Published and Unpublished Decisions: The Case of Environmental Civil Litigation.” Political Research Quarterly, 52 (1): 7-37.

Week 12: Governing Structure II: Decentralization

Xu, Jianchu & Jesse Ribot, 2006. “Decentralisation and accountability in forest management: A case from Yunnan, Southwest China.” The European Journal of Development Research, 16 (1): 153-173.

Week 13: Mid-term Examination

Topic 4: Collaborative Governance

Week 14: Community Self-Governance

Agrawal, 1999. “Enchantment and Disenchantment: The Role of Community in Natural Resource Conservation” World Development, 27 (4): 629-649.

Week 15: International Regime as an Emerging Governing Structure

Jahiel, Abigail R. 2006. “China, the WTO, and Implications for the Environment.” Environmental Politics, 15 (2): 310-329.

Week 16: Cross-Sector Efforts: Greening the Industry

Shi and Zhang, 2006. “China's Environmental Governance of Rapid Industrialization.” Environmental Politics, 15 (2): 271-292.

Week 17-18: Mini-Conference

About 5 persons will sign up to present their papers in each week on a first-come-first serve basis. To finish your final report you need to carry out your research in the field and collect sufficient evidences to support your argument. You need to prepare a PowerPoint file so that you can make a presentation in class and hand-in a Word version write-up by incorporating suggestions and criticisms into your draft and hand in the revised version by the end of the semester.

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

1. Class Attendance and Active Participation (30%):

All students are required to attend each class meeting, and be ready to discuss the reading materials and major issues with others. Most readings will be accessible from a dropbox file. This course will be taught in a dialectical mode in which students’ participation will be essential in the class. While counter-arguments or second thoughts are welcome in class discussion, please be always polite and thoughtful in presenting them.

2. Mid-term Examination (30%):

On week 12 we will have an examination, with a couple essay questions on some theoretical issues. It will be an open-book examination. Therefore you’d better mark your reading materials with highlighter and post-it stickers when in doing your reading assignments.

Alternatively, we can arrange a field trip for you to write a two-page report for the score of this part.

3. Final Paper (40%):

By the end of the semester students have to hand in a research result that has the potential to be published in professional journals in the future. The final write-up needs to include research interests, theoretical framework (with literature review), propositions or proposed arguments, methods to collect empirical evidence, and a preliminary survey, and conclusion. This proposal needs to be presented in front of all classmates in 15 minutes, and take critics and advices from the audience for at least 5 minutes. Reference needs to be carefully documented, and all academic ethics faithfully followed.

Textbook & Reference
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