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The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.

Chapter 15: The Politics of Transition: Critical Political Ecology, Classical Economics, and Ecological Modernization Theory in China

The Politics of Transition: Critical Political Ecology, Classical Economics, and Ecological Modernization Theory in China
The politics of transition: Critical political ecology, classical economics, and ecological modernization theory in China
Introduction

This chapter considers societies experiencing a major transition in political and economic regime, and the mutual implications for nature and politics. Re-naturing political geography may allow us to reconsider theories of large-scale social transformation. In theorizing ‘socialist’ transition, this essay compares historical materialist approaches with others that emphasize the broader impacts of industrialism on resource use and the environment. A particular contrast is drawn with ecological modernization approaches, which have strong European and Scandinavian roots and emphasize the slow gains for the environment resulting from technological innovation in mature economies. The reason for this focus here ...

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