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A Green Leap Forward Eco State Restructuring and the Tianjin Binhai Eco City Model
Regional Studies (2016)
  • I-Chun Catherine Chang, Macalester College
  • Helga Leitner, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Eric Sheppard, University of California, Los Angeles
"A green leap forward? Eco-state restructuring and the Tianjin–Binhai eco-city model. Regional Studies. China has experienced a remarkable explosion of designated eco-cities since the year 2000, with Tianjin–Binhai becoming the best-practice model. Embedded in broader political economic changes, shifting multi-scalar regimes of environmental governance have shaped this efflorescence. Applying eco-state restructuring, this paper argues that eco-city construction became a new strategic project after the 2000s, driven by central state-driven model cities and assessment initiatives. This also led to a very different kind of ‘best practice’ eco-city model: Tianjin–Binhai, a China–Singapore collaboration in which greenness is manufactured rather than adapted. Notwithstanding significant implementation problems, Tianjin–Binhai’s status as best practice persists, raising questions about what it means to claim eco-city status." (journal abstract)
  • Eco-state restructuring,
  • urban environmental governance,
  • Eco-cities,
  • China,
  • Tianjin-Binhai
Publication Date
February 10, 2016
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Citation Information
I-Chun Catherine Chang, Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard. "A Green Leap Forward Eco State Restructuring and the Tianjin Binhai Eco City Model" Regional Studies (2016) p. 1 - 15 ISSN: 0034-3404
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