CHAPTER 12

Toward Sustainable Development: Reform or Radical Change?

In Chapter 10, we had discussed the need for new institutions of governance, particularly at the global level. This is because the problem of sustainable development is a planetary one, and the natural environment is a global commons. We have also discussed the need for appropriate policies and interventions at the level of the nation or local communities, which should be consistent with a globally shared vision of sustainability. The role of local institutions would be to implement specific interventions based on the broad directives as developed by global institutions, which would play a critical role in shaping policy, as well as influencing people’s thoughts and opinions ...

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