Seminars & Events

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

Increasing Environmental Performance in a Context of Low Governmental Enforcement: Evidence From China

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


May 19, 2015. (Tuesday) 13:00-14:30


Increasing Environmental Performance in a Context of Low Governmental Enforcement: Evidence From China


How can activists and policy makers encourage better environmental behavior in a context of poor governmental enforcement? This article examines the case of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs, a Chinese nonprofit organization, to show how a transparency-based platform can encourage brand-sensitive multinational corporations, their suppliers, their investors, local governments, and consumers to behave in more environmentally responsible ways, even in a context of low governmental enforcement.

Using Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs as its model, this article argues that a transparency-based platform can serve an important coordinating function across multiple sectors, creating a mechanism through which market forces are channeled in pro-environmental ways.

Transparency-based platforms can help develop new norms about public disclosure, corporate governance, and consumer responsibility, but they only function in places with sufficient state monitoring capacity, adequate legal protections, and in markets where local firms are vulnerable to external financial pressure.


Dr. Mary Alice Haddad (Associate professor, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA)



Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
Soukknilanh Keola E-mail:Souknilanh_KeolaE-mail