Regional Development Environment, Local Government’s Character Behavior, and Sustainability: Empirical Evidence from China

Środowisko rozwoju regionalnego, działania władz lokalnych i zrównoważony rozwój: dowody empiryczne z Chin

Rong Zhou*, Jian Wang*, Dengke Yu**

*School of Economics and Management, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
**School of Public Policy and Administration, Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
**E-mail (Corresponding Author):, ORCID: 0000-0003-4415-1890


After the rapid economic growth through reform and opening-up over 40 years, Chinese governments are seeking transformation for high-quality and sustainable development currently. Regional economic development is related to internal and external environments as well as local government’s character behaviors. Employing Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Consciousness-Context-Behavior (CCB) theory, we construct a theoretical framework to measure the relationships between regional development environment (RDE), local government’s character behavior (LGCB), and regional sustainable capability (RSC). We collect the data of 30 provinces in mainland China from 2001 to 2020 to conduct hypothesis testing and empirical analysis. The results show that both RDE and LGCB are associated with RSC, and LGCB significantly mediates the relationship between RDE and RSC. However, the effects of different RDE elements on RSC are heterogeneous. Our study enriches regional sustainable development theory. It arouses us to better understand LGCB and attach importance to the roles of RDE and LGCB in regional sustainability. The enlightenment is important to global developing countries.

Key words: regional development, sustainable capability, character behavior, development, environment, empirical analysis

Słowa kluczowe: rozwój regionalny,  zrównoważona zdolność, działania, rozwój, środowisko, analiza empiryczna

Problemy Ekorozwoju 18(1):2023: 235-250

DOI: 10.35784/pe.2023.1.25

Submitted: 12.08.22, accepted: 6.09.22, published on-line: 1.01.23