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Public–Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development
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Public–Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Emergence, Influence and Legitimacy

9781849809306 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Philipp Pattberg and Frank Biermann, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Sander Chan, German Development Institute, Germany and Ayşem Mert, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden
Publication Date: 2012 ISBN: 978 1 84980 930 6 Extent: 288 pp
The 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg is remembered mainly for the promotion of a novel form of global governance: the so-called ‘partnerships for sustainable development’. This book provides a first authoritative assessment of partnerships for sustainable development, ten years after the Johannesburg Summit.

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The 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg is remembered mainly for the promotion of a novel form of global governance: the so-called ‘partnerships for sustainable development’. This book provides a first authoritative assessment of partnerships for sustainable development, ten years after the Johannesburg Summit.

The extensive research builds on an exclusive Global Sustainability Partnerships Database and a series of in-depth qualitative case studies. Key questions studied in this book include the overall effectiveness and influence of partnerships, their geographical, functional and organizational scope, and their legitimacy.

This unique book systematically investigates the questions of emergence, influence and legitimacy, which will prove invaluable for scholars and students interested in global environmental governance and sustainability, public–private partnerships, sustainability at the UN level and environmental governance beyond international agreements and policies.
Critical Acclaim
‘The authors advance our understanding of the role of non-state actors in global governance. Not only do they empirically investigate the role of public–private–type 2 partnerships systematically, they also critically consider their role in mitigating global governance deficits and their accountability in global governance.’
– Peter M. Haas, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US
Contributors
Contributors: K. Bäckstrand, F. Biermann, S. Chan, D. Compagnon, E. Dellas, A. Mert, C. Müller, P. Pattberg, K. Szulecki
Contents
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction: Partnerships for Sustainable Development
Philipp Pattberg, Frank Biermann, Sander Chan and Ayşem Mert

PART I: EMERGENCE OF PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
2. The Politics of Partnerships for Sustainable Development
Ayşem Mert and Sander Chan

3. Explaining the Geographic, Thematic and Organizational Differentiation of Partnerships for Sustainable Development
Sander Chan and Christina Müller

PART II: INFLUENCE OF PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
4. The Overall Effects of Partnerships for Sustainable Development: More Smoke than Fire?
Frank Biermann, Sander Chan, Ayşem Mert and Philipp Pattberg

5. Partnerships for Sustainable Development in the Energy Sector: Explaining Variation in their Problem-Solving Effectiveness
Kacper Szulecki, Philipp Pattberg and Frank Biermann

PART III: PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BEYOND THE OECD WORLD
6. Partnerships for Sustainable Development beyond the OECD World: Comparing China and India
Sander Chan

7. Africa’s Involvement in Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Holy Grail or Business as Usual?
Daniel Compagnon

PART IV: LEGITIMACY OF PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
8. Are Partnerships for Sustainable Development Democratic and Legitimate?
Karin Bäckstrand

9. Partnerships for Sustainable Development in the Water Sector: Privatization, Participation and Legitimacy
Eleni Dellas

10. Assessing the Legitimacy of Technology Transfer through Partnerships for Sustainable Development in the Water Sector
Ayşem Mert and Eleni Dellas

11. Conclusions: Partnership for Sustainable Development
Philipp Pattberg, Frank Biermann, Sander Chan and Ayşem Mert

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