Risk and Regulation

With rapid economic and industrial development, China now faces daunting risks for health and safety. Key areas of concern include environmental degradation and industrial pollution, unsafe food, and dangerous working conditions. China in response to these challenges has developed an increasingly comprehensive system of rules and regulations. In practice, however, due to weak enforcement and limited compliance Chinese regulation still often fails to curtail risks.

The Long Institute has developed a signature program of research that addresses China’s regulatory challenges of preventing and controlling risk arising out of economic activities. It focuses both on the quality and processes of lawmaking, as well as on how to improve enforcement and compliance.

Key activities

  • Multi-year research on regulatory design, enforcement, and compliance on food safety, environment and labor law
  • China Regulates Database mapping growth and variation in rules and enforcement
  • Compliance lab studying behavioral change in the U.S. and China
  • Book series on Chinese on Regulation, Compliance and Enforcement


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