Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

by Susan Baker
     
 

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The promotion of sustainable development opens up the debates surrounding our relationship with the natural world, what constitutes social progress, and the character of development in the present and into the future. Answering the need for an introductory, comprehensive, yet critical book that explores the challenges involved in the implementation of sustainable

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The promotion of sustainable development opens up the debates surrounding our relationship with the natural world, what constitutes social progress, and the character of development in the present and into the future. Answering the need for an introductory, comprehensive, yet critical book that explores the challenges involved in the implementation of sustainable development, this revealing text investigates this subject across different socio-political and economic contexts. It combines an examination of the institutional engagement with sustainable development at a global level, with an empirically informed discussion on challenges facing high consumption societies, economies in transition and third world countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable development.



Recognizing that promoting sustainable development is a quintessentially global task, the book focuses on the authoritative Brundtland formulation of sustainable development and the role of the United Nations Summits in promoting this vision. The empirical focus of the book is complemented by strong conceptual discussions as sustainable development is explored as part of new efforts, albeit tentative, to integrate environmental, economic and (more recently) social considerations into a new development paradigm.



Providing an accessible, up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of the issues surrounding the promotion of sustainable development, this unique, internationally-focused book combines a strong conceptual analysis, with wide ranging empirical focus and a wealth of case material. Including summary points and suggestions for further reading, as well as web resources and an extensive bibliography, it is ideal for students, scholars and researchers in the fields of environmental sciences, politics, sociology and development studies.

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"The second edition brings scholarly and pedagogic clarity to the complex and contested problematique of sustainable development. Baker offers a analysis of the origins, dynamics, actors, governance dimensions, policy implications and theoretical debates around this concept which as she points out is and will continue to shape local and global politics in the 21st-century. It is written in an accessible and student-friendly style, in three parts covering theoretical/conceptual aspects of sustainable development; multi-level governance, including the international politics of sustainable development; and finally the promotion of sustainable development in the EU, eastern Europe and the global south. Baker's Sustainable Development will be the benchmark textbook on undergraduate courses for many years to come".

Professor John Barry, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast

For those seeking a clear, comprehensive and accessible introduction to sustainable development, look no further. Susan Baker’s second edition of Sustainable Development covers all the important topics and debates from a truly global perspective. It should be essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the greatest challenge of our time.

Professor Robyn Eckersley, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia

In this systematic, easy-to-read and comprehensive book, Susan Baker scrutinizes the concept of sustainable development and its implementation around the world across different economic sectors. The second edition of this popular book provides both students and researchers with in-depth insights into the multi-level challenges involved.

Professor Katarina Eckerberg, Department of Political Science, Umeå University, Sweden

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134460076
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/07/2006
Series:
Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environment and Society Texts
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
1 MB

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