Wednesday, April 13, 2022
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Leung Conference Room, Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street, or watch live on Watson's YouTube channel.
Register here to attend this discussion . Pizza will be served.
Join us for a discussion of Deborah Seligsohn's book in progress Clean Before Free: How an Autocracy Conquered Air Pollution in China. There has been an assumption in political science that public goods arise because of democratic pressure. And yet, we have seen substantial improvements in air quality in China over the past fifteen years. These improvements have occurred in an autocracy, where if anything the sphere for citizen participation has diminished over the same period. This book attempts to answer the question of how the Chinese government achieved these results. It looks in particular at how the Chinese regulatory state focused on large industrial polluters, and how it was able to use the self-interest of the polluters themselves to promote pollution abatement.