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[20PacRimLPolyJ399] Incentives for Change: China's Cadre System Applied to Water Quality

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dc.contributor.author Golding, Wyatt F
dc.contributor.author Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal
dc.date 2011-03
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-21T15:44:47Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-21T15:44:47Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03
dc.identifier.citation 20 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 399 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1066-8632
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1014
dc.description.abstract Abstract: The Chinese government has struggled to enforce environmental law, due in part to local protectionism. In an attempt to overcome local protectionism, the 2008 Law on the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution uses the cadre system to incentivize local officials to enforce national water quality standards. This comment argues that the cadre system presents a pragmatic means of attaining enforcement of quantified environmental standards because it implements the already existing Chinese Communist Party’s system of vertical hierarchy that has proven relatively successful in achieving other social goals. The cadre system, however, will only produce clean water over the long-term if it incentivizes political support and funding for environmental protection agencies to create accurate quantified water quality data. Moreoever, China’s use of the cadre system in combating water pollution signals a move toward a political rather than legal solution and will further centralize Chinese Communist Party power, thus limiting transparency, democracy, and public involvement. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.title [20PacRimLPolyJ399] Incentives for Change: China's Cadre System Applied to Water Quality en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2011 by Pacific Rim Law & Policy Association en_US

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