Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Center/Program

Center for Chinese Legal Studies

Abstract

This Article commences in Part I by introducing law-making in China before reconstructing the drafting process and attendant political battles leading up to the revision of China's principal air pollution law in 1995-which, as Ackerman and Hassler observed with reference to the United States, can be every bit as messy as the soiled air such efforts are intended to address. Part II then examines the institutional factors that ultimately are critical to an understanding of why the 1995 APPCL, as promulgated, fell well short of its original authors' objectives but set in motion a process that over time has led to the realization of at least some of these legislative goals through the 2000 APPCL. The Article concludes by suggesting the implications of these institutional considerations for environmental law and legislative development more generally in the PRC.

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