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Sustainable Development and Governance in Europe by Thomas C. Hoerber, Pamela M. Barnes

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2    Governance for sustainability in the European Union

A post-political project?

Liza Griffin

Introduction

Sustainability is a bit like motherhood and apple pie; it is notable in its ubiquity and almost everyone agrees it is a good idea. However, this begs the question of why we are we not already living in a sustainable society? Perhaps the reason is that the concept of ‘sustainability’ has such a diversity of meanings and is deployed in multiple and sometimes conflicting ways. What’s more, there is disagreement on how we should actually attain it. What modes of governance are most likely to deliver the goods? This chapter offers critical insights into various attempts to fulfil the aims of sustainable development through governance innovation ...

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