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Motivating service improvement with awards and competitions – hygienic city campaigns in China

Yongmei , Zhang and Li, Bingqin (2011) Motivating service improvement with awards and competitions – hygienic city campaigns in China. Environment and Urbanization, 23 (1). pp. 41-56. ISSN 0956-2478

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Abstract

ABSTRACT Awards and competitions are often used to motivate public servants, and this paper examines how the central government of China uses these to try and motivate cities to improve public hygiene. The authors argue that apart from improving performance,(1) awards and competitions are good at motivating user participation and spreading good practice. However, the design of the schemes used in China tends to prioritize disproportionately the winning mentality, and sometimes causes high costs and social tension.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://eau.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2011 SAGE
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Cities (Cities Programme)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2011 13:47
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/35598/

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