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Title: Institutional change for sustainable development
Authors: Robin Connor and Stephen Dovers
Keywords: Local Development
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Edward Elgar
Description: This book explores international experiences of institutional reform for sustainable development through a series of case studies, seeking to identify positive principles from existing practice to inform further institutional change. Underlying this investigation is the proposition that countries should be making purposeful efforts to reform environmental and resource management policies and practice, and those in other sectors, consistent with the notion of sustainable development and with commitments made under international agreements at, and subsequent to, the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The institutionalization of the sustainability idea, and its eventual integration as a fundamental and mainstream principle of governance, is a long-term project only recently begun. Arguably sustainability has an inexorable logic, on a plane with other deep social logics such as democracy, justice and human rights. Inevitably, it seems, these central animating ideas of modern societies are all intertwining and inseparable; the identification of these strands may be viewed as part of the definition of a moral rationality for global civilization. However, sustainability has yet to attain the recognition and status of its natural partners at national or global levels. This will require both broad normative change and purposive institutional change, and these are key themes of this book.
ISBN: 1 84376 569 1
Appears in Collections:Regional and Local Development Studies

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