Local Implementation of Energy Conservation Policies in China
This chapter examines China’s national energy policies and the way in which local governments implement policies to reduce energy consumption. It illustrates how Chinese government officials often opt to “kill two (or more) birds with one stone” by choosing implementation pathways that balance local priorities with national energy targets, and how they are more likely to faithfully implement energy conservation policies and projects that also address salient business, economic, safety, pollution, and political legitimacy interests and concerns in their localities. Local governments are less likely to strictly implement energy conservation policies without “bundling” potential and employ foot-dragging measures such as seeking loopholes in the implementation guidelines.
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