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Diffusion and innovation for transition: transnational governance in China's green bond market development

Elliott, C; Zhang, L-Y; (2019) Diffusion and innovation for transition: transnational governance in China's green bond market development. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning , 21 (4) pp. 391-406. 10.1080/1523908X.2019.1623655. Green open access

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Abstract

Green bonds, an emerging instrument of Chinese environmental economic policy, represents an important step in the country’s effort to systemically transform towards ‘ecological civilization’. The involvement of transnational actors alongside Chinese state actors make for a compelling case in examining green finance transitions as a phenomenon in global environmental governance. This paper leverages the transition management framework, adapting concepts from transnational governance to develop a ‘transnational transition management’ lens with which a longitudinal analysis of the policy development cycle is viewed. In combination with social network analysis, we use this framework to explore the evolution of green bonds with diverse forms of secondary evidence. We identify a relationship between the rapid expansion of the Chinese green bond market with coalitions of policy makers and organizations in transnational spaces that catalyze policy diffusion and innovation through consensus building, coordinated experimentation, and distributed monitoring and evaluation; predominantly steered and led by the People’s Bank of China. In addition, the political economy of actors in these networks help explain resistance to convergence with global green bond standards. This research suggests an agenda for examining governance as an entry point to analyze and develop strategies for sustainability transitions in finance.

Type: Article
Title: Diffusion and innovation for transition: transnational governance in China's green bond market development
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2019.1623655
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2019.1623655
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Green bonds, China, policy diffusion, transition management
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10075644
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