Burning Coal in Tangshan: Energy Resources as Commons
In this essay, Dr. Edwin Schmitt explores coal mining in China.
The extraction and use of energy resources to drive modernisation has been one of the key concerns of the Chinese Communist Party. By tracing the history of coal mining in China, this essay argues that the physical characteristics of coal as a common pool resource have shaped the ways in which coal has been harvested and used, as well as the political and institutional structures that have developed around its governance.
The essay was published in Chinoiresie on the 22nd of September 2017.