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Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development
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Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development

European Practice and Experience

9781845427870 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Clive George, former Senior Research Fellow, Impact Assessment Research Centre, Institute for Development Policy and Management, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester and Colin Kirkpatrick, former Hallsworth Professor of Development Economics, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) and Co-Director, Regulation Research Programme, Centre on Regulation and Competition (CRC), University of Manchester, UK
Publication Date: May 2007 ISBN: 978 1 84542 787 0 Extent: 320 pp
Translation of the principle of sustainable development into policy and practice, and the evaluation of the outcomes of these strategic interventions, are some of the most pressing challenges facing policymakers in Europe and beyond. The chapters in this book contribute to the debate surrounding these challenges. By exploring the conceptual and methodological issues relating to the evaluation of sustainable development and analysing European practice and experience, this work provides a coherent and integrated contribution to our understanding of these issues.

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Translation of the principle of sustainable development into policy and practice, and the evaluation of the outcomes of these strategic interventions, are some of the most pressing challenges facing policymakers in Europe and beyond. The chapters in this book contribute to the debate surrounding these challenges. By exploring the conceptual and methodological issues relating to the evaluation of sustainable development and analysing European practice and experience, this work provides a coherent and integrated contribution to our understanding of these issues.

With contributions from a distinguished international group of authors, this book will be of interest to researchers, policy analysts and practitioners in the area of impact assessment and sustainable development.
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‘The book will be of interest to those in the Asia Pacific who research and practice in this area as European Union member countries have gone a long way in the implementation of sustainable development principles.’
– Andrew Edgar, Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law

‘Impact assessment of various types is now a widely used policy tool. This volume helpfully brings together conceptual discussions and case-studies to illustrate how impact assessment can be used to address issues of sustainability. It should be of considerable interest both to academic researchers and to practitioners concerned with the implementation of policies to support sustainable development.’
– John Weiss, University of Bradford, UK
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Contributors: T. Bauler, A. Bonifazi, M. Cashmore, W. de Ridder, G.P.J. Draaijers, S. Elbe, C. George, M. Golobic, B. Görlach, P. Hardi, A. Haxeltine, J. Hertin, E. Interwies, K. Jacob, M. Jänicke, H. Johns, A. Jordan, C. Kirkpatrick, W. Meyer, J. Newcombe, J. Ravetz, J. Rotmans, S. Scrieciu, B. Simon, J.-P. Sivignon, K. Staroňová, J. Turnpenny, M. van Herwijnen, R. Verheem, A. Volkery, M. Wäktare, P. Weaver, F. Zakrajšek
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Contents:

Preface

1. Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development: An Introduction
Clive George and Colin Kirkpatrick

PART I: EVALUATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: CONCEPTS AND METHODS
2. The Long and Winding Road of Sustainable Development Evaluation
Peter Hardi

3. Evaluation for Sustainable Development: The Rio Model of Governance
Martin Jänicke

4. Evaluation of Regional Network Governance: Capacity Building for Steering Sustainable Development
Wolfgang Meyer and Sebastian Elbe

5. The Role of Evaluation in Regional Sustainable Development
Joe Ravetz

6. Considering Environmental Aspects in Integrated Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead
Klaus Jacob, Julia Hertin and Axel Volkery

7. The Contribution of Environmental Assessment to Sustainable Development: Toward a Richer Conceptual Understanding
Matthew Cashmore

8. How Useful are Computable General Equilibrium Models for Sustainability Impact Assessment?
Serban Scrieciu

9. Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment (MATISSE): A New European Project
Paul Weaver, Jan Rotmans, John Turnpenny, Alex Haxeltine and Andrew Jordan

10. The Selection of Suitable Tools for Sustainability Impact Assessment
Marjan van Herwijnen and Wouter de Ridder

PART II: IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES
11. Assessing the Cost-Effectiveness of Environmental Policies in Europe
Benjamin Görlach, Eduard Interwies, Jodi Newcombe and Helen Johns

12. Implementing a Monitoring System for the French National Strategy for Sustainable Development
Benoit Simon and Jean-Pierre Sivignon

13. The Quality of Impact Assessment in Slovakia
Katarína Staroňová

14. Challenges of Regulating Integrated Impact Assessment: The Case of Slovenia
Mojca Golobic and Franc Zakrajšek

15. Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Assessment in the Netherlands
Geert P.J. Draaijers and Rob Verheem

16. Exploring the Feasibility of Sustainability Impact Assessment Procedures for Federal Policies in Belgium
Tom Bauler, Marco Wäktare and Alessandro Bonifazi

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