Government’s Green Grip: Multifaceted State Influence on Corporate Environmental Actions in China
Strategic Management Journal, Forthcoming
43 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 4, 2017
Emerging economies such as China enjoy economic expansion but also face dramatic environmental challenges. China’s government is a central actor in both stimulating economic activities and pursuing environmental protection. Drawing on panel data and in-depth interviews, we examined the influence of the Chinese state at multiple levels on the environmental actions of publicly listed firms. The results show that corporate environmental actions follow an inverted U-shape as control of environmental practices moves from the central government to the most decentral administrative level. This curvilinear relationship is positively moderated by the stringency of environmental regulation and negatively moderated by environmental monitoring capacity. We conclude that state influence on corporate environmental actions in China is multifaceted and subject to ‘policy-policy decoupling’.
Keywords: corporate environmentalism, China, environmental actions, government power, environmental policy
JEL Classification: G32, G34, G38
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