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Introduction

William M. Lafferty and James Meadowcroft

in Implementing Sustainable Development

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780199242016
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599736 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242011.003.0001
 Introduction

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Establishes the conceptual and methodological framework for the study of government efforts to implement sustainable development in the industrialized countries. It examines the emergence of sustainable development in international political discourse, the engagement of the social science research community with sustainable development, and the implementation problems associated with sustainable development. It anchors the understanding of sustainable development in the 1987 Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development and the subsequent international process that led on to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. It suggests that while sustainable development will remain a politically contested concept, it also possesses a core meaning that can orient policy development.

Keywords: comparative politics; developed countries; governance; implementation problems; policy development; political discourse; Rio summit; sustainable development

Chapter.  8965 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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