Performance Reviews, Public Accountability, and Green Governance in Hangzhou

  • Jørgen DelmanEmail author
Part of the ARI - Springer Asia Series book series (ARI, volume 7)


The study asks whether Hangzhou’s system of public sector performance reviews promotes sustainability governance. The author begins by examining how ideas and concepts relating to sustainable urban development are incorporated into urban development programmes in Hangzhou. The chapter then turns to analyse the design of the system for performance reviews of party-state organizations and their leaders. Performance reviews comprise various measures for performance assessment and performance management. In addition, however, they have come increasingly to involve social participation, in order to allow for the public’s voice and public participation in governance. The analysis demonstrates how the public performance review system in Hangzhou has potential to incentivize major government departments working with sustainability-related issues to toe the green Communist Party line, and how innovative provisions to enhance the public accountability of the local administration may help promote local environmental governance. This may pave the way for narrowing the well-known implementation gap in connection with implementation of urban environmental policies.


Hangzhou Eco-civilization Environmental policy implementation gap Performance reviews and results management Public accountability Green urban governance 



This study has been undertaken with financial support from the Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research in Beijing. I am grateful to Prof. Yu Jianxing, Zhejiang University, for his continuous support for the project and to Guan Ting, Zhang Liyan, and Stine Olsen for research assistance. Thanks are also due to Anna Lisa Ahlers and Richard Hardiman for commenting on an earlier version of the manuscript.


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  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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