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Article: Ecological modernisation and policy learning in Hong Kong

TitleEcological modernisation and policy learning in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsAir pollution
Ecological modernisation
Hong Kong
Policy learning
Water pollution
Issue Date2008
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/geoforum
Citation
Geoforum, 2008, v. 39 n. 1, p. 319-330 How to Cite?
AbstractWhilst ecological modernisation theory emphasizes the potential for modern societies to recognize and respond to their environmental impacts by finding new ways of governing environment-economy relations, concepts of policy learning focus on the scope for new forms of environmental policy to be generated within and transferred between different contexts. Within this paper we explore the conceptual and practical linkages between the two areas of debate - a hitherto neglected area in the literature - and we set this discussion in the context of environmental policy-making in Hong Kong. We suggest that the practical relevance of the concepts of ecological modernisation and policy learning depends upon the presence of a reflexive society with rational, responsive institutions. While many theorists assume that such institutions exist, our analysis of policies for water and air quality management in Hong Kong highlights the need for theories to consider the embeddedness of existing institutions and the significance of the capacities for, and the barriers to, change more fully. We find that capacities for some forms of ecological modernisation and policy learning do exist in Hong Kong. However, we argue that the nature of these capacities often limits the potential for change to those local environmental problems that can be addressed through more technically and economically viable forms of policy intervention and that can be easily accommodated within existing political and economic structures. We also conclude that the capacities for ecological modernisation and policy learning that are needed if Hong Kong is to tackle the effects of the trans-boundary environmental problems that it is increasingly encountering have yet to emerge. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/89956
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.397
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.512
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dc.contributor.authorGouldson, Aen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHills, Pen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWelford, Ren_HK
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dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationGeoforum, 2008, v. 39 n. 1, p. 319-330en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0016-7185en_HK
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dc.description.abstractWhilst ecological modernisation theory emphasizes the potential for modern societies to recognize and respond to their environmental impacts by finding new ways of governing environment-economy relations, concepts of policy learning focus on the scope for new forms of environmental policy to be generated within and transferred between different contexts. Within this paper we explore the conceptual and practical linkages between the two areas of debate - a hitherto neglected area in the literature - and we set this discussion in the context of environmental policy-making in Hong Kong. We suggest that the practical relevance of the concepts of ecological modernisation and policy learning depends upon the presence of a reflexive society with rational, responsive institutions. While many theorists assume that such institutions exist, our analysis of policies for water and air quality management in Hong Kong highlights the need for theories to consider the embeddedness of existing institutions and the significance of the capacities for, and the barriers to, change more fully. We find that capacities for some forms of ecological modernisation and policy learning do exist in Hong Kong. However, we argue that the nature of these capacities often limits the potential for change to those local environmental problems that can be addressed through more technically and economically viable forms of policy intervention and that can be easily accommodated within existing political and economic structures. We also conclude that the capacities for ecological modernisation and policy learning that are needed if Hong Kong is to tackle the effects of the trans-boundary environmental problems that it is increasingly encountering have yet to emerge. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/geoforumen_HK
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dc.subjectAir pollutionen_HK
dc.subjectEcological modernisationen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectPolicy learningen_HK
dc.subjectWater pollutionen_HK
dc.titleEcological modernisation and policy learning in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailHills, P: phills@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailWelford, R: rwelford@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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