Unpacking the complexity of environmental regulatory governance in a globalizing world : a critical review for research agenda setting

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Author(s)

  • Carlos Wing-Hung Lo
  • Ning Liu
  • Xue Pang
  • Pansy Hon Ying Li

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594–607
Journal / PublicationJournal of Environmental Policy and Planning
Volume22
Issue number5
Online published20 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Abstract

There has been growing complexity in the study of environmental regulatory governance. In terms of regulatory approaches, the focus of national styles has gradually shifted to the local level, down to street-level regulators. As for compliance strategies, regulated entities, particularly enterprises, have moved their strategies from the evasion-compliance dichotomy to more progressive ones that are beyond compliance. As environmental watchdogs on behalf of civil society, ENGOs, particularly those in developing and non-democratic political settings, have increasingly found more space for strategizing their active efforts to monitor enforcement agencies and polluting enterprises in the regulatory process. The spilling of regulatory regimes into developing countries has led to an urgent need for regulatory studies in such nations, with a call for new theoretical formulations that are capable of explaining regulatory governance in those countries. Research methodologies adopted have become increasingly sophisticated, moving from using a single method to using mixed methods by integrating qualitative and quantitative ones, with longitudinal studies and panel data analysis as the recent trends. This study aspires to perform a critical review of the existing body of literature on environmental regulatory governance in these major aspects as the basis for a research agenda setting.

Research Area(s)

  • compliance strategies, enforcement agencies, ENGOs, Environmental regulatory governance, regulatory regime

Citation Format(s)

Unpacking the complexity of environmental regulatory governance in a globalizing world : a critical review for research agenda setting. / Lo, Carlos Wing-Hung; Liu, Ning; Pang, Xue; Li, Pansy Hon Ying.

In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Vol. 22, No. 5, 2020, p. 594–607.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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