“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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