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Governance, Democracy and Sustainable Development

Moving Beyond the Impasse Edited by James Meadowcroft, Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, Canada, Oluf Langhelle, Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stavanger, Norway and Audun Ruud, Research Manager on Policy and Governance, SINTEF Energy Research AS, Trondheim, Norway
The contributors explore the difficulties developed countries are experiencing in coming to terms with environmental limits and the resultant challenges to the democratic polity. They engage with different dimensions of the governance challenge including norms, public attitudes, citizen engagement, political conflict, policy design, and implementation, and with a range of environmental problems such as climate change, biodiversity/nature protection, and water management. The book concludes with an essay by William Lafferty that explores the flawed character of the contemporary democratic polity and offers his reflections on possible pathways to reform.
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  • Environmental Politics and Policy
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  • Public Policy
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This insightful book deals with governance of the environment and sustainable development.

The contributors explore the difficulties developed countries are experiencing in coming to terms with environmental limits and the resultant challenges to the democratic polity. They engage with different dimensions of the governance challenge including norms, public attitudes, citizen engagement, political conflict, policy design, and implementation, and with a range of environmental problems such as climate change, biodiversity/nature protection, and water management. The book concludes with an essay by William Lafferty that explores the flawed character of the contemporary democratic polity and offers his reflections on possible pathways to reform.

This book will interest researchers, academics, and graduate students in environmental politics and public policy. It is ideal for use as supplementary reading in a wide range of university courses, while NGOs and policy-makers will also find it of considerable value.
‘The editors of this volume bring together an impressive cast of scholars on the critical relationship of democracy and governance in sustainable development. It offers an outstanding and timely contribution to the literatures in sustainability, political science, and comparative environmental politics.’
– Daniel J. Fiorino, American University, US

‘This very timely and important collection draws together some of the world’s leading thinkers on environment and development to debate one of the most important issues of our time: sustainable development. They very usefully remind us all that in order to be politically sustainable, the sustainability transition will have to find a way to maximise policy synergies in a democratically legitimate manner.’
– Andy Jordan, University of East Anglia, UK
Contributors: C. Aall, S. Baker, E. Bomberg, H.T.A. Bressers, P.-O. Busch, F.H.J.M. Coenen, K. Eckerberg, H. Jörgens, W.M. Lafferty, O. Langhelle, L.J. Lundqvist, J. Meadowcroft, G. Mullally, M. Narodoslawsky, A. Ruud, M.A. Schreurs
Contents:

Preface

1. Governance, Democracy and Sustainable Development: Moving Beyond the Impasse
James Meadowcroft, Oluf Langhelle and Audun Ruud

2. A Changing Energy Resource Base and the Re-invention of the Region
Michael Narodoslawsky

3. Trends, Drivers and Dilemmas in the Transition Towards Sustainable Water Management
Frans H.J.M. Coenen and Hans T.A. Bressers

4. Local Participation and Learning in Nature Protection: A Swedish Success Story
Katarina Eckerberg

5. Early Experiences of Local Climate Change Adaptation in Norwegian Society
Carlo Aall

6. ‘Think Globally, Act Locally!’ But What on Earth Can Local Governments Do About Global Climate Change?
Lennart J. Lundqvist

7. Moving Beyond the Impasse: Climate Change Activism in the US and the EU
Elizabeth Bomberg

8. Governance and Participation for Sustainable Development in Ireland: ‘Not So Different After All?’
Gerard Mullally

9. Measuring What? National Interpretations of Sustainable Development – The Case of Norway
Oluf Langhelle and Audun Ruud

10. Breaking the Impasse on Global Environmental Protection
Miranda A. Schreurs

11. Governance by Diffusion: Exploring a New Mechanism of International Policy Coordination
Per-Olof Busch and Helge Jörgens

12. Climate Change, the Common Good and the Promotion of Sustainable Development
Susan Baker

13. Pushing the Boundaries: Governance for Sustainable Development and a Politics of Limits
James Meadowcroft

14. Governance for Sustainable Development: The Impasse of Dysfunctional Democracy
William M. Lafferty

Index