The Improvement Path for Regionally Coordinated Green Development : Evidence from Social Network Analysis

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Original languageEnglish
Article number11703
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number18
Online published16 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022



Regionally coordinated green development has been widely documented in China. However, most previous studies have investigated it from the perspective of linearity, while the spatial correlation of green development is nonlinear. Based on 48 cities in Bohai Rim, this study used a social network analysis to measure the spatial network, with an emphasis on the internal structure of regional green development, and analyzed the driving factors of regionally coordinated green development from the perspective of nonlinearity. We found that large cities have formed a "siphon effect" and that the polarization of eco-efficiency has become increasingly serious. There are limited connections, some of which are redundant, in the spatial network of green development, while the stability of the network is strong. Additionally, reducing the differences in environmental regulation approaches among cities can have a positive impact on the spatial correlation and spillover effect of green development, thereby promoting regionally coordinated green development among cities in the Bohai Rim.

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  • China, Cities, Economic Development, Efficiency, Social Network Analysis, environment regulation, spatial nonlinearity effects, regionally coordinated green development

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