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Metagovernance for Sustainability

CEPS Conference room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

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Metagovernance for Sustainability

Book Launch


“Metagovernance for Sustainability” tests the hypothesis that the implementation of sustainable development, and in particular the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), requires tailor-made metagovernance or ‘governance of governance’. This is necessary to develop effective governance and high quality and inclusive public administration, and to foster policy and institutional coherence to support implementing the SDGs.

Based on the growing literature on governance and metagovernance, and taking into account the specificities of societal factors such as different values and traditions in different countries, the book presents a framework for the design and management of SDG implementation. It shows how hierarchical, network and market governance styles can be combined and how governance failure can be prevented or dealt with.

The book presents an overview of fifty ‘shades of governance’, which differ for each governance style, and a sketch of a concrete method to apply sustainability metagovernance. Metagovernance for Sustainability is relevant to academic and practitioner fields across many disciplines and problem areas.

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Geert Bouckaert

President of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), and vice chair UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)

Speakers list
Andrea Renda

Research Fellow, CEPS

David Le Blanc

Chief Institutions for Sustainable Development Goals Branch, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Karl Falkenberg

Author of 'Sustainability Now!' (EPSC 2016) Member International Peer Review of German Sustainability Strategy former Director-General Environment, European Commission

Saïd El Khadraoui

Adviser on sustainable development, EPSC, European Commission

Ingeborg Niestroy

Associate, Institute for Sustainable Development(IISD)

Roeland in 't Veld

Em. Professor University of Tilburg, co-founder Netherlands School for Public Administration

Helena Braun

Member of the Cabinet of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, European Commission

Louis Meuleman

Vice Chair UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), European Commission, Visiting professor University of Leuven, Universities of Massachusetts & Wageningen

Geert Bouckaert

Professor University of Leuven, President IIAS, Vice Chair UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)

Ebba Dohlman

Head of Unit Policy Coherence, OECD

Daniel Calleja Crespo

Director-General Environment, European Commission

Daniele Dotto

Head of Unit Governance and public administration, Structural Reform Support Service, European Commission