Book launch: Metagovernance for Sustainability

“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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October 2018



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


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

Book launch: Metagovernance for Sustainability

October 2018
Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.


CEPS Conference room

Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels