Environmental management and street-level regulators : a cultural trap?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-397
Journal / PublicationPublic Administration & Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1992


It has been argued that environmental management is in an administrative trap. This study focusses on the organizational, cultural dimension of the administrative trap and argues that in order to reform administrative structures, the organizational culture must also be reformed. On the basis of several face-to-face interviews with street-level environmental regulators in Hong Kong, the study claims that a role-oriented, hierarchical culture exists. While such an organizational culture is in perfect agreement with existing adminsitrative arrangements, it may, in the end, hamper the effectiveness of environmental management. -from Authors