Abstract: In terms of its size, the Chinese economy has climbed to the top layer of the global pyramid and is currently positioned just behind its American counterpart, which it is commonly expected to overtake by the end of the present decade. This achievement is the product of a relentless drive forward spanning over three decades. It has not been a smooth ride in all respects because, inter alia, the “economic miracle” has been enormously costly from an ecological perspective. Wide-ranging 2014 adjustments to the Environmental Protection Law seek to remedy this situation. They constitute a necessary but — as matters stand, their unmistakable signifi cance notwithstanding — not a suffi cient condition for fully realising the goal of ecological modernisation, which requires broader and deeper institutional reconstruction.
Keywords: governance regime; Revised Law; GDPism; policy outputsoutcomes-impacts; policy implementation; regulatory cartelisation; regulatory capture; local corporationism; public interest litigation; regulatory pluralism.
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