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Title: Governmental and societal support for environmental enforcement in China : an empirical study in Guangzhou
Authors: Lo, CWH 
Fryxell, GE
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Journal of development studies, 2005, v. 41, no. 4, p. 558-588 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of development studies 
Abstract: The enforcement behaviour of environmental officials in developing countries has not received adequate attention despite enormous challenges to regulatory enforcement in those areas. Accordingly, this article examines the relationship between perceptions of support from local governments and society and evaluations of enforcement effectiveness. A model in which organisational commitment partially mediates these relationships was tested using a sample of 202 enforcement officials in Guangzhou, China. The findings confirm a partial mediating role for organisational commitment and an interaction effect between government and societal support. A plot of this interaction reveals that when enforcement officials perceive high levels of governmental support, societal support further enhances their perceptions of enforcement effectiveness. However, when they perceive government support to be low, higher levels of societal support appear to diminish their assessments of enforcement effectiveness.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/55204
ISSN: 0022-0388 (print)
1743-9140 (online)
DOI: 10.1080/00220380500092655
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