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The Role of the State in the Governance of Sustainable Development: sub-national practices in European states
Cardiff University, Storbritannien.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Arcum)
2014 (English)In: State and Environment: The Comparative Study of Environmental Governance / [ed] Andreas Duit, Cambridge MA /London: MIT Press, 2014, 230-263 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter investigates the role of the state in the governance of sustainable development at the sub-national, regional and local levels in Europe, including 1) the scope of state involvement, 2) the function of the state in sustainable development policy making. The state is shown to be a key player in initiating and co-ordinating the sustainable development planning processes in the four key themes across European states: (1) multi-level governance; (2) networks and public / private partnerships; (3) participation and (4) the use of marked based instruments.

The main function of the state in the analyzed policy areas is, on the one hand to act as coordinator between different interests, and on the other to act as stimulator for initiating new policy initiatives. The state both initiates and co-ordinates policy networks and retains a great deal of power over the nature and functioning of network forms of governance. Evidence also points out how the use of new environmental policy tools can strengthen the hand of the state by supporting hierarchical governance. Thus, far from being a simple one, the relationship between market and network governance and the state has been shown to be complex and dense.

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Cambridge MA /London: MIT Press, 2014. 230-263 p.
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Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-90026ISBN: 978-0-262-52581-7ISBN: 978-0-262-02712-0OAI: diva2:725743
Available from: 2014-06-17 Created: 2014-06-17 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically approved

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