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Citizen Complaints about Environmental Pollution: A Survey Study in Suzhou, China

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  • Xianbing Liu

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  • Yanli Dong

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  • Can Wang

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  • Tomohiro Shishime

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    This paper discusses environmental complaints made by citizens living close to industrial polluters in China. Data collected from a questionnaire survey in Suzhou City is used for the analysis. The results confirm a marginal level of citizen environmental complaints in the study area at present. Meaningful findings include the fact that citizens have a tendency to complain collectively, and that perception of the level of environmental information provided by companies significantly determines a citizen’s likelihood of lodging environmental complaints. Therefore, the disclosure of corporate environmental information must be emphasized continuously; citizens must be encouraged to correctly understand the environmental performance of companies so that they might make appropriate complaints. Governments need to show their support for citizen-led environmental complaint initiatives. The successful cases would convince them to keep a closer eye on their neighbouring polluters.

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    Article provided by Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg in its journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell.

    Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 193-219

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    Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:40:y:2011:i:3:p:193-219

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    Keywords: China; Suzhou; environmental complaint; citizen;

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