The obvious paradox within China’s environmental politics is the big gap between the central government’s policy and its implementation outcomes at local levels. While the supporters of decentralized environmental governance theory believe that decentralization can produce better environmental performance mainly because lower-level governments are closer to the people and environmental issues and therefore more legitimate than the national government, this talk will explain why decentralization is widely regarded as one of the most significant reasons for China’s environmental governance crisis, examining how and why local governments and officials are often blamed for creating the huge gap between China’s environmental policies and implementation outcomes.
Speaker: Ran Ran, Renmin University, China
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