Governing Sustainability

Governing Sustainability

by W. Neil Adger
     
 

The crisis of unsustainability is, above all else, a crisis of governance. The transition to a more sustainable world will inevitably require radical changes in the actions of all governments, and it will call for significant changes to the lifestyles of individuals everywhere. Bringing together some of the world's most highly regarded experts on governance and

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The crisis of unsustainability is, above all else, a crisis of governance. The transition to a more sustainable world will inevitably require radical changes in the actions of all governments, and it will call for significant changes to the lifestyles of individuals everywhere. Bringing together some of the world's most highly regarded experts on governance and sustainable development, this book examines these necessary processes and consequences across a range of sectors, regions and other important areas of concern. It reveals that the governance of sustainable development is politically contested, and that it will continue to test existing governance systems to their limits. As both a state-of-the-art review of current thinking and an assessment of existing policy practices, it will be of great interest to all those who are preparing themselves - or their organisations - for the sustainability transition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521518758
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/05/2009
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.90(d)

Table of Contents

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Foreword Jonathan Porritt Porritt, Jonathan

Pt. I Overview and Context

1 Sustainability: exploring the processes and outcomes of governance W. Neil Adger Adger, W. Neil Andrew Jordan Jordan, Andrew

2 Human development and environmental governance: a reality check Katrina Brown Brown, Katrina

Pt. II Governance and Government

3 Government and the pursuit of sustainability Albert Weale Weale, Albert

4 How do environmental actors make governance systems more sustainable? The role of politics and ideas in policy change Philip Lowe Lowe, Philip Katy Wilkinson Wilkinson, Katy

5 Global governance for sustainable capitalism? The political economy of global environmental governance Matthew Paterson Paterson, Matthew

Pt. III Governance and Civil Society

6 Citizens, citizenship and governance for sustainability Andy Dobson Dobson, Andy

7 The governance of science for sustainability Jill Jager Jager, Jill

8 Practitioner evaluations of participatory processes in environmental decision making Jacquelin Burgess Burgess, Jacquelin Judy Clark Clark, Judy

Pt. IV Governance and Decision Making

9 Participation, precaution and reflexive governance for sustainable development Andy Stirling

10 Precaution and the governance of risk Ortwin Renn Renn, Ortwin

11 Economics and the governance of sustainable development Simon Dietz Dietz, Simon Eric Neumayer Neumayer, Eric

12 Sustainability, welfare and value John O'Neill O'Neill, John

Pt. V Conclusions

13 Reflections on the pathways to sustainability Tim O'Riordan O'Riordan, Tim

Index

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