Institutional Change for Sustainable Development by Robin Connor, Stephen Dovers

By Robin Connor, Stephen Dovers

This quantity offers a versatile conceptual framework for comprehending institutional dimensions of sustainability, emphasising the complexity of instututional structures, and highlighting the interdependence among coverage studying and institutional switch. This framework is utilized and constructed during the research of 5 major arenas of institutional and coverage switch: environmental coverage within the european; New Zealand's Councils for Sustainable improvement Act; and transformative estate rights tools. From those explorations, key rules for insitutional swap are pointed out, together with the institutional switch; reiteration and studying; integration in coverage and perform; subsidarity; and felony swap.

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1. What ‘parts’ of the institutional system? It is proposed that, in terms of a hierarchical understanding of institutional CHAPTER 2 18/11/03 9:03 AM Page 16 Operationalizing learning 43 systems, focus would best be placed on cases involving higher-order institutional change where there is evidence of credible commitment by governments to sustainable development principles. This would involve change at statutory level and/or in structures and processes that have transformative impacts on the way policy and management is carried out.

1 are summary descriptors of each goal and principle for use in later discussion. 1 Sustainability (ESD) principles as targets for policy and institutional learning ESD goals, objectives and Summary descriptor principles Goal Development that improves the total quality of life, both now and in the future, in a way that maintains the ecological processes on which life depends Goal Objectives 1. To enhance individual Sustainable economic and community development well-being and welfare by following a path of economic development that safeguards the welfare of future generations Core meaning as target for learning Too general – see under objectives and principles below Policy processes and institutional arrangements that ensure longer considerations in economic policy and planning, and the implications of economic policy for individual and community well-being (well-being defined in broad terms, including social, cultural, environmental and economic aspects) CHAPTER 2 18/11/03 32 9:03 AM Page 5 Institutional change and policy learning ESD goals, objectives and Summary principles descriptor Core meaning as target for learning 2.

The congruence of formal and informal institutions is therefore an important issue in policy change for sustainability. Wisely handled, with judicious choice of policy instruments and well-designed processes, policies driven by urgent ecological imperatives but implying social change should be able to lead compatible normative change, albeit over time-scales that may be politically inconvenient. As North has commented: CHAPTER 1 18/11/03 20 9:02 AM Page 14 Institutional change and policy learning While the rules may be changed overnight, the informal norms usually change only gradually.

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