Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Language

English

Abstract

In the ten years since committing to clean energy transition, China has formulated a large number of policies and programs to achieve some very ambitious targets. This paper argues that the dearth of empirical studies concerning the implementation of these new policies and programs has created a knowledge gap between official policy documents, which are vague and lacking in specifics, and official policy outcomes, which are unreliable. In particular, the merits and limitations of flexible implementation with regard to desirable outcomes need to be debated and clarified. This paper calls for more empirical investigation in four areas as a starting point: (1) the nature and extent of flexibility in the implementation; (2) implementation strategies and their impacts; (3) factors that shape the behavior of local officials responsible for implementation; and (4) the relationship between the central-local relation and policy implementation.

Keywords

clean energy transition, policy, flexible implementation, China

Publication Date

2015

Source Publication Title

Energies

Volume

8

Issue

11

Start Page

13255

End Page

13264

Publisher

MDPI

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.3390/en81112367

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/en81112367

ISSN (print)

19961073

ISSN (electronic)

19961073

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