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Policy Entrepreneurship, Policy Diffusion and Transboundary Environmental Regulation: Evidence from Southern China


  • Frederick Lee
  • Vivian H. Y. Chu


Tackling transboundary marine emissions in Southern China is highly problematic because of the asymmetrical governance styles adopted by Hong Kong and mainland Chinese governments. HK-based policy entrepreneurs have used the opportunities afforded by their network governance approach to make initial headway in controlling marine and port-related emissions. Their further efforts to build a transboundary regulatory regime have been thwarted by mainland China?s top-down hierarchical mode of governance. It is demonstrated that the outcome of policy entrepreneurs? actions is highly contingent upon some larger institutional parameters.

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  • Frederick Lee & Vivian H. Y. Chu, 2017. "Policy Entrepreneurship, Policy Diffusion and Transboundary Environmental Regulation: Evidence from Southern China," Mondes en développement, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(1), pages 13-27.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:meddbu:med_177_0013

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