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Governance of the circular economy: A comparative examination of the use of standards by China and the United Kingdom

Flynn, Andrew, Hacking, Nick and Xie, Linjun 2019. Governance of the circular economy: A comparative examination of the use of standards by China and the United Kingdom. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 33 , pp. 282-300. 10.1016/j.eist.2019.08.002

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Abstract

Wastes, like other materials, have become increasingly global in their flows. The circular economy (CE) is a multi-level sustainability transition linked to the global trade in waste. China has long been a key trading partner for the West’s waste materials. However, its rethinking of the quality of traded recyclable materials has triggered a crisis in the global governance of waste flows. We utilise a Sociology of Knowledge approach to undertake comparative work to better understand how different governance arrangements may facilitate or constrain the unfolding of a CE transition. The UK and China were selected as models of liberal and authoritarian environmental governance respectively. A mixed-method approach was pursued using qualitative interviews with key stakeholders and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data from secondary sources. Thematic analysis is organised around: perceptions of the circular economy, meanings of standards, and perspectives on trade and materials.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2210-4224
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 August 2019
Date of Acceptance: 5 August 2019
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2020 02:05
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/124904

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