Enforcement styles, organizational commitment, and enforcement effectiveness: an empirical study of local environmental protection officials in urban China

SY Tang (First Author), Gerald E. Fryxell (Participant Author), CWH Lo (Participant Author)

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    Abstract

    The authors investigated the relationship between enforcement styles and perceptions of enforcement effectiveness in China by surveying three groups of environmental protection bureau officials from the major cities of Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Dalian. In general, it was found that organizational commitment partially mediates the relationship between the enforcement style of prioritization and perceptions of effectiveness. In this case, mediation and direct effects work together such that prioritization has by far the greatest positive total effect. In contrast, a coercive enforcement style is more completely mediated by organizational commitment, but this relationship is negative (that is, a coercive style appears to reduce organizational commitment, leading to lower perceptions of enforcement effectiveness). Although some differences are noted among the three samples, the overall pattern suggests that other enforcement styles (formalism, education, and external influence) appear to be much less influential in shaping perceptions of enforcement effectiveness.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-94
    JournalEnvironment and Planning A
    Volume35
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

    Corresponding author email

    stang@usc.edu, mscarlos@polyu.edu.hk

    Keywords

    • CHOICE
    • COOPERATION
    • GUANGZHOU
    • IMPLEMENTATION
    • MANAGEMENT
    • PERFORMANCE
    • POLITICS
    • POLLUTION-CONTROL
    • REGULATORY ENFORCEMENT
    • STRESS

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    • SSCI

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