The politics of SEA indicators: Weak recognition found in Chinese guidelines

Jingjing Gao, Lone Kørnøv, Per Christensen

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The use of indicators is not only technical and science-led, but also a value-laden social process, and thus concerns public participation, political judgment and decision-making. This article approaches the Chinese SEA indicator system from a science-policy interface and aims at: 1) contributing to the general recognition of indicators functioning at science-policy interfaces in SEA, and 2) analysing, through a Chinese case-study, to what extent national guidelines mediate the science-policy interaction.

The overall finding is a strong emphasis on technical/science aspects found in the Chinese SEA guidance, and a weak explicit recognition that policy plays a role in choosing and using indicators. Recent development, however, indicates a growing recognition of the politics involved and thus also leads to more involvement of stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
JournalImpact Assessment and Project Appraisal
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)232-237
Publication statusPublished - 2013



  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Indicators
  • Guidelines
  • science–policy interface
  • China

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