Strategies to improve environmental networks for pollution control : Evidence from eco-compensation programs in China

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-395
Journal / PublicationJournal of Environmental Management
Online published10 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2019


Networks are increasingly popular in dealing with dynamic and complex environmental policy issues, including pollution control and abatement, which require solutions for collaborative and innovative actions involving multiple institutions or entities. Effective network implementation produces better environmental policy outcomes, but little is known about how to improve network implementation. Framed in the network implementation capacity-building approach, this study examines what strategies are adopted by network administrators to improve implementation, and how these strategies work. Evidence from two environmental financing networks in China shows that strategies designed to mobilize resources and maintain network long-term stability improve network implementation. We call for a research agenda that emphasizes network implementation capacity-building in emerging economies where collaborative activities are desired to pool resources and expertise in face of resource shortage and daunting environmental challenges.

Research Area(s)

  • Environmental innovation in China, Environmental network implementation strategies and capacity, Environmental networks, Pollution control networks in China