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Implementing Sustainable DevelopmentStrategies and Initiatives in High Consumption Societies$
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William M. Lafferty and James Meadowcroft

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242016

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199242011.001.0001

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Patterns of Governmental Engagement

Patterns of Governmental Engagement

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Implementing Sustainable Development

William M. Lafferty

James Meadowcroft (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets the studies of the engagement of ten governments with sustainable development in comparative perspective. It analyses developments under a number of headings, including interpreting the concept, organizational engagement, strategic planning processes, approaches to domestic actors, measurement and monitoring, sustainable production and consumption, the global dimension, climate change, and biodiversity. Many of the findings are presented in tabular form, including a detailed analysis of government environmental policy plans and strategies for sustainable development. The chapter argues that national responses can be divided into three groups—‘enthusiastic’, ‘cautiously supportive’, and ‘disinterested’.

Keywords:   biodiversity, climate change, comparative politics, engagement, environmental policy, governance, implementation, plans, strategy, sustainable development

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