تمرکز زدایی، ساخت و ساز بوم شناسی و محیط زیست در چین پس از اصلاحات :: مطالعه موردی از بنر Uxin، در مغولستان داخلی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|3101||2006||15 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : World Development, Volume 34, Issue 11, November 2006, Pages 1907–1921
This paper explores why post-reform decentralization in China has failed to bring about environmental sustainability, using a case study from Uxin banner in Inner Mongolia. The local government has promoted intensive grassland improvement in its political, economic, and environmental policies under the umbrella of “ecological construction,” a term used to describe the enhancement of vegetation cover on this arid terrain. The government’s aggressive approach to ecological construction, however, is incongruent with the ecology of the Inner Mongolian drylands. Consequently, although beneficial to short-term economic growth, “ecological construction” has led to unintended grassland degradation, thus undermining environmental sustainability.
When China’s economic reforms were launched in 1978, they marked an important transition in Chinese politics and economy. Since then, rural communes have been dismantled and land distributed to households, and the influence of the market economy has penetrated all corners of China (Oi, 1995 and Unger, 2002). The natural environment, perceived as an essential resource to fuel economic growth, has attracted increasing attention from the state, and a variety of governmental policies and programs have attempted to address environmental issues (Feng, 2000 and Guo and Wang, 1998). The term “ecological construction (sheng tai jian she)” has a particular importance in these initiatives, and it refers to state-directed efforts to improve the Chinese rural environment ( Guo, 2002 and Nie and Lu, 2001). Concurrent with a whole series of environmental improvements, state power in China has become increasingly decentralized (Jia and Lin, 1994, Lin, 1999, Oi, 1995 and Unger and Chan, 1999). While the Chinese state continues to exercise top-down political control, central policies have become general “directives,” which are articulated with increasing detail as they travel down China’s hierarchical bureaucratic structure to regional and local governments. Increasingly, environmental strategies and the execution of specific policies occur at the local level. Even the most important rural reform policy, the provision of land contracts and tenure to households, has been practiced in widely differing ways since local governments have adopted different criteria for land allocation and different contract lengths (see Banks, 2001, Ho, 2000 and Kung and Liu, 1997). As a result, Benewick (1998, p. 459) observes a political “power drift” occurring “from the party to state institutions and from the center to the regions and localities,” and in considering the economic impacts, Oi (1995) argues that local governments have become important market players and have therefore played a more significant role in fostering economic development.
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This paper has explored how the local government has attempted to improve the grassland environment in Uxin banner, Inner Mongolia, during China’s post-reform era since 1978. These development efforts have been conducted under an overarching concept of “ecological construction.” By equating “ecological construction” with an increase in land cover by vegetation, the local government has made intensive grassland use an important policy objective in the articulation and implementation of all types of policies—political, economic, and environmental. For example, in the implementation of HRS, the local government has encouraged the fencing of grassland and planting on the sandy wastelands. Economic policies and programs have been broken down into specific goals for planting trees, shrubs, and grasses, and expanding irrigation, under the guidance of a market-oriented “family pasture” ideology. These grassland strategies have enlarged in scope in various environmental programs, which help incorporate ecological construction into government functions—ecological planning, top-down improvement tasks, and the use of ecological construction in the evaluation of political performance. To increase the impact of “ecological construction,” the local government has also actively attempted to influence local perceptions through policy demonstrations, and by imparting official understanding of ecological construction to the local population.