Recently, Bian, Yuanchao, Department of international economics and trade in Business School, published an academic paper in “SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT” (an international SCI journal).
The title of his paper is “Improvement of regional environmental quality: Government environmental governance and public participation”. This study argued that the improvement of regional environmental quality (REQ) not only requires local governments to adopt environmental investment, legislation and law enforcement, but also requires the coordination of government environmental governance and public participation. This study analyzed the impact mechanism of government environmental governance, public participation and their coordinated effect on the improvement of REQ. The results show that, REQ has been increasingly deteriorating; the effects of government's environmental investment, legislation and law enforcement on REQ improvement are significantly positive, and public participation also helps to stimulate REQ. There also exists a coordinated effect between government environmental governance and public participation. Compared with citizen participation, environmental non-government organizations’ participation has a more significant positive effect on REQ improvement. Finally, the influence of government environmental governance and public participation on REQ has significant spatial heterogeneity. The conclusions above can provide inspiration for Chinese government to improve the environmental governance system, which is good for the improvement of REQ.