- Assistant Professor
- New York University Shanghai
This monograph advances the argument that the problem in contemporary China is not the lack of environmental considerations in its street-level bureaucracy, but the omnipresence of environmentalism to the point of banality. The Chinese state is characterized by environmental “plenty”—a systemic overstock of environmental targets, goals, slogans, rules, mandates, projects, institutions, and even values. The banality of environmentalism gives the impression of overwhelming success, but ultimately hollows out the environmental sensibilities of street-level bureaucrats, who instrumentalize environmental enforcement as a means for advancing personal and organizational interests that are decidedly non-environmental.