Reflexive Governance for Sustainable Development (Hardback)
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Reflexive Governance for Sustainable Development (Hardback)

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Hardback 480 Pages / Published: 29/03/2006
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This book deals with the issue of sustainable development in a novel and innovative way. It examines the governance implications of reflexive modernisation - the condition that societal development is endangered by its own side-effects. With conceptualising reflexive governance the book leads a way out of endless quarrels about the definition of sustainability and into a new mode of collective action. The authors assert that sustainability is not a defined end-state, but should be understood as the capacity of society to learn about the conditions of its future existence and wants. This requires, in their view, a specific kind of problem solving framework which emphasises the interlinkage of problems and scales, as well as long-term and indirect effects of various actions. Sustainability calls for new forms of governance with attention given to uncertainty, ambivalence about multiple goals and distributed power. The book develops an alternative framework with which to address the challenge of sustainability and derives a set of strategy elements for dealing with sustainability in practice. These are discussed from conceptual as well as practical perspectives. Bringing recent insights from innovation research, governance studies and complexity theory in common focus, Reflexive Governance for Sustainable Development will be of great interest to researchers in social change, innovation and governance studies, as well as policymakers confronted with sustainable development issues.

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781845425821
Number of pages: 480
Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


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`In 16 chapters by experts from across Europe, Reflexive Governance for Sustainable Development explores strategies, policies and programs that may help move us through an era of uncertainty.' -- Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy
`Innovations are introduced in the hope that they will have positive impacts on their targets, but also in the certain knowledge that there will be negative and unintended effects as well. In time, these less desired effects may also come to generate innovative and adaptive responses in a continuous, "reflexive" process. This book sets out to analyse the consequences for sustainability research and policy analysis. This collection, by many of the leading thinkers in the field, blends sophisticated theoretical discussion with practical perspectives on how to deal with the conundrum - the only thing certain about the future is that you'll be wrong about it!' -- Frans Berkhout, Vrije University, The Netherlands

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