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18 Colo. J. Int'l Envtl. L. & Pol'y 267 (2007)
Regulating the Belching Dragon: Rule of Law, Politics of Enforcement, and Pollution Prevention in Post-Mao Industrial China

handle is hein.journals/colenvlp18 and id is 273 raw text is: Regulating the Belching Dragon:
Rule of Law, Politics of
Enforcement, and Pollution
Prevention in Post-Mao Industrial
Srini Sitaraman, Ph.D.*
Over the last three decades, China has developed a comprehensive
regulatory framework aided by a set of formal environmental laws,
which should enable efficacious management of the various pollution
issues. However, these laws are often too broad and do not devote
sufficient attention to details and specific issues, which are normally
specified through regulatory edicts and ad-hoc environmental guidelines
* Srini Sitaraman received his Ph.D., from the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and
International Relations at Clark University and a Research Associate at the Fairbank
Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University. Sitaraman teaches courses on
United Nations, International Law, Asian Political Economy, and International Relations.
He has published articles and monographs on the multilateral non-proliferation and
environmental regimes. Presently, he is working on a book-length manuscript focusing
on explaining the divergence in the behavior of democracies and non-democracies
towards international treaty regimes.
Portions of this paper were presented at the 2004 Asian Studies Association
Regional Conference held at Dartmouth College and the 2005 Association of Chinese
Political Studies Conference held in San Francisco State University. Funding from the
Clark University Faculty Development Grant (2004-2005) facilitated research and data-
collection for this paper. The author would like to thank Professor Paul S. Ropp for his
constructive comments on earlier versions of this paper, acknowledge Ms. Rahima
Bensaid for her research assistance, and express appreciation for the CJIELP editorial
team for their incisive editorial suggestions. Of course, the author assumes responsibility
for any remaining errors.

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