Performance Reviews, Public Accountability, and Green Governance

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The study asks whether Hangzhou’s system of public sector performance reviews promotes sustainability governance. The author begins by examining how ideas and concepts relating to sustainable urban development are incorporated into
urban development programmes in Hangzhou. The chapter then turns to analyse the design of the system for performance reviews of party-state organizations and their leaders. Performance reviews comprise various measures for performance assessment and performance management. In addition, however, they have come increasingly to involve social participation, in order to allow for the public’s voice and public participation in governance. The analysis demonstrates how the public performance review system in Hangzhou has potential to incentivize major government departments working with sustainability-related issues to toe the green Communist Party line, and how innovative provisions to enhance the public accountability of the local administration may help promote local environmental governance. This may pave the way for narrowing the well-known implementation gap in connection with implementation of urban environmental policies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreening China’s Urban Governance. Tackling Environmental and Sustainability Challenges
EditorsJørgen Delman, Yuan Ren, Outi Luova, Mattias Burrell, Oscar Almén
Number of pages22
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Publication date1 Jan 2019
ISBN (Print)978-981-13-0739-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-13-0740-9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
SeriesARI - Springer Asia Series

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