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Implementing the Water Goals—The River Chief Mechanism in China

  • Liping DaiEmail author
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Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)

Abstract

Water governance assessments often focus mainly on the beginning of the policy process. There is ample attention for formulating goals, rules and standards. However, good water governance should pay attention to the whole policy process from goal setting to the actual achievement of goals. More attention is needed for the implementation of regulations. Chinese Central Government has launched a creative approach to implement its water goals—the river chief mechanism, by which the local government heads are appointed as river chiefs to clean up and protect water resources in their jurisdictions. This chapter intends to analyze this mechanism through discussing its origins and evolution, the rationale behind the mechanism and the pros and cons of this mechanism.

Keywords

China Water governance Water quality River chief 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability LawUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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