Implementing Sustainable Development: Strategies and Initiatives in High Consumption Societies

Paperback | November 1, 2000

byWilliam M. Lafferty, James Meadowcroft

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At the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, political leaders from more than a hundred countries made a formal commitment to intensify efforts to resolve global environment and development problems and to strive for sustainable development. This volume examines how governments in the developed industrialworld have responded to the challenge of sustainable development since it was catapulted into the international stage. It focuses on the central government engagement with sustainable development in Australia, Canada, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, andthe European Union. The study shows that sustainable development has been integrated into governmental idiom in most jurisdictions and has come to be associated with a series of changes to the structures and approached deployed to manage environmental problems. Yet, it also reveals significantdifferences of interpretation and priority, and in enthusiasm with which sustainable development has been received.

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At the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, political leaders from more than a hundred countries made a formal commitment to intensify efforts to resolve global environment and development problems and to strive for sustainable development. This volume examines how governments in the developed industrialworld have responded to the challenge of su...

William M. Lafferty is at University of Oslo. James Meadowcroft is at University of Sheffield.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:November 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199242011

ISBN - 13:9780199242016

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Table of Contents

1. William Lafferty and James Meadowcroft: Introduction2. Elim Papadakis: Australia: Ecological Sustainable Development in the National Interest3. Glen Toner: Canada: From Early Front-runner to Flagging Anchorman4. Christiane Beuermann: Germany: Regulation and the Precautionary Principle5. Miranda Schreurs: Japan: Law, Technology, and Aid6. Marie-Louise van Muijen: The Netherlands: Ambitious on Goals - Ambivalent on Action7. Oluf Langhelle: Norway: Reluctantly Carrying the Torch8. Katarina Eckerberg: Sweden: Progression Despite Recession9. Stephen C Young: The United Kingdom: Political Change and Promising Rhetoric10. Gary Bryner: The United States: Sorry - Not Our Problem11. Susan Baker: The European Union: Integration, Competition, Growth and Sustainability12. William Lafferty and James Meadowcroft: Patterns of Government Engagement13. William Lafferty and James Meadowcroft: Concluding Perspectives

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`The authors are a roll-call of familiar names, and the quality and consistency of their contributions are exemplary. The book stands not only as an account of an important research enquiry, but also as a valuable text on comparative environmental policy.'Journal on Environmental Planning and Management, 44(4)