Implementing Sustainable Development: From Global Policy to Local Action

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - 424 pages
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Implementing Sustainable Development focuses on the challenge of turning international commitments and policy promises into action. Using examples and cases from around the U.S. and around the world, it examines the successful and failed efforts designed to address the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainable development. Based on broad research that started before the Earth Summit, Implementing Sustainable Development offers a practical and useful approach to identifying and addressing policy implementation challenges.

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Contents

The Foundations of Sustainable Development
1
The Principles of Sustainable Development Global Common Commitments
21
Questions of Technical Feasibility Do We Know How to Do It?
77
Legal Feasibility Building Infrastructure to Meet Mandates from Supranational to Local
123
Fiscal Feasibility From Paper to Action
163
Administrative Feasibility Good Intentions Intelligence and Money Are Not Enough
217
Political Feasibility The Will to Act and the Power to Get It Done
255
Ethical Feasibility Values That Matter on the Ground
299
Cultural Feasibility One Size Does Not Fit All
343
Ideas That Matter
379
Bibliography
387
Cases Cited
401
Index
403
About the Authors
423
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Philip J. Cooper is professor of liberal arts in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vermont. Claudia Maria Vargas is director of Intercultural Programs and research assistant professor, College of Medicine, University of Vermont.

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