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Implementing Sustainable Development

William M. Lafferty and James Meadowcroft

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780199242016
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599736 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242011.001.0001
Implementing Sustainable Development

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This volume examines the response of governments in the industrialized countries to the challenge of sustainable development. It focuses on the response of central governments in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, the USA, and the EU. The study shows that sustainable development has been integrated into governmental idiom in most jurisdictions, and has come to be associated with a series of changes to the structures and approaches deployed to manage environmental problems. Yet, it also reveals significant differences of interpretation and priority across the governments surveyed. The study pays particular attention to various understandings of sustainable development, institutional reform, government engagement with other societal actors, national plans and strategies, and the policy areas of climate change and biodiversity.

Keywords: biodiversity; climate change; comparative politics; developed countries; environmental problems; governance; institutional reform; strategy; sustainable development

Book.  544 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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Introduction in Implementing Sustainable Development

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Canada: From Early Frontrunner to Plodding Anchorman in Implementing Sustainable Development

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Germany: Regulation and the Precautionary Principle in Implementing Sustainable Development

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Japan: Law, Technology, and Aid in Implementing Sustainable Development

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Norway: Reluctantly Carrying the Torch in Implementing Sustainable Development

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Sweden: Progression Despite Recession in Implementing Sustainable Development

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The United States: ‘Sorry—Not Our Problem’ in Implementing Sustainable Development

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