Governing Sustainability

Governing Sustainability

by W. Neil Adger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521732433

ISBN-13: 9780521732437

Pub. Date: 02/05/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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:
9780521732437
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/05/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures ix

List of tables x

List of contributors xi

List of abbreviations xiii

Foreword Jonathon Porritt CBE xv

Preface xvii

Part I Overview and Context 1

1 Sustainability: exploring the processes and outcomes of governance W. Neil Adger Andrew Jordan 3

2 Human development and environmental governance: a reality check Katrina Brown 32

Part II Governance and Government 53

3 Governance, government and the pursuit of sustainability Albert Weale 55

4 How do environmental actors make governance systems more sustainable? The role of politics and ideas in policy change Philip Lowe Katy Wilkinson 76

5 Global governance for sustainable capitalism? The political economy of global environmental governance Matthew Paterson 99

Part III Governance and Civil Society 123

6 Citizens, citizenship and governance for sustainability Andy Dobson 125

7 The governance of science for sustainability Jill Jager 142

8 Practitioner evaluations of participatory processes in environmental decision making Jacquelin Burgess Judy Clark 159

Part IV Governance and Decision Making 191

9 Participation, precaution and reflexive governance for sustainable development Andy Stirling 193

10 Precaution and the governance of risk Ortwin Renn 226

11 Economics and the governance of sustainable development Simon Dietz Eric Neumayer 259

12 Sustainability, welfare and value over time John O'Neill 283

Part V Conclusions 305

13 Reflections on the pathways to sustainability Tim O'Riordan 307

Index 329

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