Abstract and Contents

"Environmental Reform in Asia"
Special issue of the Journal of Environment and Development

David A. Sonnenfeld and Arthur P. J. Mol, eds.

Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2006, Sage Publications


To date, most studies of environmental reform have focused on the experiences of advanced, industrialized societies in Europe and the Americas. Discussions of and theories on multi-level and multi-actor (environmental) governance, shifts in governance styles, ecological modernization, and the changing roles of the nation-state, have been supported empirically by case-studies and quantitative statistical analyses from these regions. Such studies may have limited applicability to conditions and processes of environmental governance and practice in Asia, a continent of critical importance for the global environment in the twenty-first century. As state-society relations in Asia have distinct qualities, characteristics, and dynamics, the successes and challenges of environmental reform there differ as well. Few systematic, comparative studies of environmental reform in Asia have been carried out. More common are local or country case studies stressing continuing environmental deteriorations. Analysis of reform efforts in Asia is complicated further by limited availability of reliable sources and data on environmental qualities, pollution patterns and resource extractions in the region. New research strategies, methods, and efforts are badly needed. Combining and assessing quantitative and qualitative approaches, this symposium sets a new agenda for research on environmental reform in Asia, examining experiences and designing methodologies on various key sectors, including urban environmental services, energy, water, air quality, and mining.

Keywords: environmental reform, environmental governance, environmental policy, multilateral environmental agreements, urban environmental issues, energy policy, water policy, transboundary environmental problems, air pollution, haze, water pollution, solid waste, mining, ISO 14001, quantitative and qualitative comparisons, research methodology, Asia, China, India, Mekong River basin, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines


Guest Editors' Note [full text]

David A. Sonnenfeld, Washington State University, USA; & Arthur P. J. Mol, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Environmental Reform in Asia: Comparisons, Challenges, Next Steps [figures] [links]

David A. Sonnenfeld & Arthur P. J. Mol

Reforms for Managing Urban Environmental Infrastructure and Services in Asia

Mushtaq A. Memon, Hidefumi Imura, & Hiroaki Shirakawa, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan

Environmental Reform in the Electricity Sector: China and India

Antonette D'Sa & K. V. Narasimha Murthy, Asian Regional Energy Initiative/ International Energy Initiative (IEI), India

Water Governance Reform and Catchment Management in the Mekong Region

Philip Hirsch, Australian Mekong Research Center, The University of Sydney, Australia

Transboundary Perspectives on Managing Indonesia's Fires

Judith Mayer, Arcata, California, USA

Opportunities for Environmental Management in the Mining Sector in Asia

Gill Burke, Raw Materials Group, Sweden

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