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The Effectiveness of “River Chief System” Policy: An Empirical Study Based on Environmental Monitoring Samples of China

School of Economics and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), Beijing 100044, China
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Water 2021, 13(14), 1988; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13141988
Received: 9 June 2021 / Revised: 15 July 2021 / Accepted: 16 July 2021 / Published: 20 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance)
There has been controversy in theory and practice among studies about the governance of the “River Chief System” (RCS) policy and the watershed management issues behind it. This paper uses the regression discontinuity (RD) method and the water pollution monitoring data of 150 state-controlled monitoring points in China from 2007 to 2018 at the China National Environmental Monitoring Station to empirically study the effect of the “River Chief System” on water pollution treatment and the influencing factors behind the effect of the “River Chief System”. The results show that the “River Chief System” policy has a positive impact on river pollution treatment in the observation term. The implementation effectiveness of the “River Chief System” is limited by factors such as the boundaries of the river chief’s jurisdictions, the administrative conflict among river chiefs, local government environmental expenditure capacity, and environmental pressure. It is believed that the key to basin governance is to further improve the synergistic model of basin governance among regions. View Full-Text
Keywords: the “River Chief System” policy; watershed governance; effectiveness; regression discontinuity; inter-basin the “River Chief System” policy; watershed governance; effectiveness; regression discontinuity; inter-basin
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Li, W.; Zhou, Y.; Deng, Z. The Effectiveness of “River Chief System” Policy: An Empirical Study Based on Environmental Monitoring Samples of China. Water 2021, 13, 1988. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13141988

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Li W, Zhou Y, Deng Z. The Effectiveness of “River Chief System” Policy: An Empirical Study Based on Environmental Monitoring Samples of China. Water. 2021; 13(14):1988. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13141988

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Li, Wanhua, Yaodong Zhou, and Zhijia Deng. 2021. "The Effectiveness of “River Chief System” Policy: An Empirical Study Based on Environmental Monitoring Samples of China" Water 13, no. 14: 1988. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13141988

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