The United States: ‘Sorry—Not Our Problem’

Gary C. Bryner

in Implementing Sustainable Development

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780199242016
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599736 | DOI:
 The United States: ‘Sorry—Not Our Problem’

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Analyses the reception given by the government of the US to the idea of sustainable development. It argues that the US has basically remained aloof from the sustainable development agenda. While there was some attempt to engage with sustainable development by the Clinton presidency, the concept has not been taken up actively by US political and administrative institutions at the federal level. In the main, sustainable development continues to be seen as a problem for developing countries.

Keywords: Bill Clinton; developing countries; environmental policy; federal institutions; governance; implementation; sustainable development; US

Chapter.  12571 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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