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Do Authoritarian Governments Respond to Public Opinion on the Environment? Evidence from China
Tang, Xiao1,2; Chen, Weiwei1; Wu, Tian3,4,5
2018-02-01
Source PublicationINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH
ISSN1660-4601
Volume15Issue:2Pages:15
AbstractGiven its serious impacts on the public's health, air pollution in China is a matter of strong public concern, particularly in reference to malodorous waste gas. Petition letters related to atmospheric pollution accounted for about 40% of the total petition cases. However, scholarly views differ on whether the Chinese government responds to public opinion on the environment and seeks to improve its environmental governance behavior. For this study, data from national surveys on the public's environmental satisfaction administered during the period 2011-2015 were analyzed to determine whether the public's dissatisfaction with the state of the environment in a given year resulted in increased investments by provincial governments in pollution governance during the following year. The study's findings revealed that governmental behavior in response to public opinion on the environment was selective within the field of environmental governance, with provincial governments being inclined to invest more in waste gas pollution control than in water pollution control. Furthermore, results from this study show that the Chinese government tends to put more efforts into the environmental field where it could more easily achieve short-term benefits.
Keywordenvironmental governance public opinion governmental responsiveness China
DOI10.3390/ijerph15020266
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[71390331] ; Shandong Independent Innovation and Achievement Transformation Special Fund of China[2014ZZCX03302] ; Special fund for research cooperation of the faculty and research institute of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences[Y652025Y00]
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Sciences ; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
WOS IDWOS:000426721400091
PublisherMDPI
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.amss.ac.cn/handle/2S8OKBNM/29915
Collection国家数学与交叉科学中心
Affiliation1.Tsinghua Univ, Sch Publ Policy & Management, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
2.Tsinghua Univ, Inst Contemporary China Studies, Beijing 100084, Peoples R China
3.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Sch Econ & Management, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Key Lab Big Data Min & Knowledge Management, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Acad Math & Syst Sci, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China
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Tang, Xiao,Chen, Weiwei,Wu, Tian. Do Authoritarian Governments Respond to Public Opinion on the Environment? Evidence from China[J]. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH,2018,15(2):15.
APA Tang, Xiao,Chen, Weiwei,&Wu, Tian.(2018).Do Authoritarian Governments Respond to Public Opinion on the Environment? Evidence from China.INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH,15(2),15.
MLA Tang, Xiao,et al."Do Authoritarian Governments Respond to Public Opinion on the Environment? Evidence from China".INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH 15.2(2018):15.
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