Governance for Sustainable Development

Governance for Sustainable Development

The Challenge of Adapting Form to Function

Edited by William M. Lafferty

This book is an original study of the challenge of implementing sustainable development in Western democracies. It highlights the obstacles which sustainable development presents for strategic governance and critically examines how these problems can best be overcome in a variety of different political contexts.

Preface

Edited by William M. Lafferty

Subjects: economics and finance, valuation, environment, environmental governance and regulation, environmental politics and policy, environmental sociology, valuation, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy, european politics and policy, public policy

Extract

The concept of sustainable development (SD) has increasingly become a major overall goal of national governments. Strongly prodded from ‘above’ by international and regional organisations, and pressured from ‘below’ by a broad variety of non-governmental organisations, the concept has achieved more and more prominence as a programmatic goal for governing initiatives. The purpose of the present volume is to explore the challenge of implementing sustainable development when viewed as a markedly ‘different’ type of programme-policy task. Assuming that the nature of the task – as first formulated and subsequently developed by United Nations’ organisations – requires new modes of governance, the book addresses the issue of how existing ‘forms’ of governance can adapt to specified ‘functions’ of sustainable development. The studies presented have been developed conjointly within the SUSGOV project of the Programme for Research and Documentation for a Sustainable Society (ProSus). ProSus is a ‘strategic research programme’ at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo. The programme is financed by the Research Council of Norway, Division for Strategic Priorities, Section on ‘Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development’. The SUSGOV project has been organised as a series of workshops, where the authors have presented and developed their individual contributions in relation to a common dialogue on the ‘form-follows-function’ theme. Workshops were held at the University of Twente (CSTM) in the Netherlands (May 2001); Ronda, Spain (November 2001); Lillehammer, Norway (April 2002); and Rome, Italy (November 2002). The team members were selected on the basis of their particular expertise in...