Greening China

The Benefits of Trade and Foreign Direct Investment
Ka Zeng and Joshua Eastin
Trade and foreign direct investment can have a positive effect on the environment

Description

China has earned a reputation for lax environmental standards that allegedly attract corporations more interested in profit than in moral responsibility and, consequently, further negate incentives to raise environmental standards. Surprisingly, Ka Zeng and Joshua Eastin find that international economic integration with nation-states that have stringent environmental regulations facilitates the diffusion of corporate environmental norms and standards to Chinese provinces. At the same time, concerns about "green" tariffs imposed by importing countries encourage Chinese export-oriented firms to ratchet up their own environmental standards. The authors present systematic quantitative and qualitative analyses and data that not only demonstrate the ways in which external market pressure influences domestic environmental policy but also lend credence to arguments for the ameliorative effect of trade and foreign direct investment on the global environment.

"The authors make some very critical interventions in this debate and scholars engaged in the environmental 'pollution haven' and 'race to the bottom' debates will need to take the arguments made here seriously, re-evaluating their own preferred theories to respond to the insightful theorizing and empirically rigorous testing that Zeng and Eastin present in the book."
—Ronald Mitchell, University of Oregon

"This book conducts a solid, multilevel empirical examination of the effects of international market and economic globalization on domestic environmental policy and corporate environmental governance in China. The findings challenge both the 'pollution haven' and the 'race-to-the-bottom' assumptions about China's environmental practice. The book is an excellent addition to the existing literature on environmental studies, and should receive a warm welcome among scholars, policymakers, and environmental movement activists."
—Sujian Guo, San Francisco State University

Ka Zeng is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Asian Studies at the University of Arkansas.

Joshua Eastin is a scholar of international political economy and environmental security, with a focus on Asia.

Praise / Awards

  • "This book conducts a solid, multilevel empirical examination of the effects of international market and economic globalization on domestic environmental policy and corporate environmental governance in China. The findings challenge both the 'pollution haven' and the 'race-to-the-bottom' assumptions about China's environmental practice. The book is an excellent addition to the existing literature on environmental studies, and should receive a warm welcome among scholars, policymakers, and environmental movement activists."
    —Sujian Guo, San Francisco State University

  • "The detailed and careful analyses in this timely book on China, trade, and the environment provide a fresh perspective on existing theories about the environmental impact of foreign direct investment (FDI). Zeng and Eastin offer convincing evidence that trade and FDI with countries having more stringent environmental regulations favorably impacted the levels of environmental pollution in China’s provinces and the number of firms engaging in voluntary self-regulation."
    -- Holli A. Semetko, Journal of Chinese Political Science

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  • 250 pages.
  • 15 Figures, 26 Tables.
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  • 2011
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  • 978-0-472-02710-1


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Keywords

  • Environmental regulation
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Environmental standards
  • Corporations
  • China
  • Economic Integration
  • Trade
  • Environment

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