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

Flynn, Andrew and 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 . ISSN 2210-4224

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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
Additional Information: The work is licenced to the University of Nottingham Ningbo China under the Global University Publication Licence.
Keywords: Governance; Circular economy; Sustainability transition; China; UK; Standards
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Science and Engineering > Department of Architecture and Built Environment
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2019.08.002
Depositing User: Yu, Tiffany
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2019 13:37
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 13:37
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/59097

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