Capitalism and Climate Change - Implications for China

Professor John Mikler, University of Sydney

18.Nov.2010 09.00 - 10.30
LT16, Roger Stevens Building - Leeds


Capitalism is not monolithic. States' historical trajectories of development mean that the institutional basis for capitalist relations of production varies between them. The Varieties of Capitalism approach suggests that this variation is systematic, so that capitalist states fall within a spectrum between two categories: liberal market economies (LMEs) and coordinated market economies (CMEs). This has implications not just for how advanced, industrialised states coordinate their economies, but also how they address environmental concerns such as climate change. This seminar will outline some of the implications, both in general and for China specifically as it continues to integrate in the global economy.


Dr John Mikler is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research interests are primarily focussed on the role of transnational economic actors, particularly multinational corporations, and the interaction between them and states, international organisations and civil society. In 2009, he published his first book Greening the Car Industry: Varieties of Capitalism and Climate Change (Edward Elgar). He is currently researching the differing national institutional contexts that inform regulatory approaches to climate change, and has also examined the global regulation of online gambling. His research has been published in journals such as Global Society, Business and Politics, Policy and Society, Regulation and Governance and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society (forthcoming). In 2008, the European Consortium for Political Research awarded him its Giandomenico Majone Prize in recognition of outstanding research in the field of regulatory governance (see

This presentation is part of the Worldwide Universities Network Contemporary China Center (WUN CCC) virtual seminars series, which this year focuses on:

  • China's Changing Urbanities
  • China Business: Green Opportunities
  • Class and Class Consciousness in China

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