Improving the Sustainable Development Goals

Strategies and the Governance Challenge
Routledge (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 12. April 2019
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  • 142 Seiten
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Improving the Sustainable Development Goals evaluates the Global Goals (Agenda 2030) by looking at their design and how they relate to theories of economic development. Adopted unanimously by the member states of the United Nations (UN) in 2015, the goals are remarkable for the global commitment on a set of targets to reach by 2030, but also for the lack of a strategy of implementation. The choice of appropriate action is handed over to individual governments, some of which are limited by their lack of resources.

This book explores how implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) can be developed, especially in developing countries. The content, strengths and weaknesses of the SDGs are critically examined, alongside their relationship to ongoing academic research. The authors also investigate the actions of governments over the past three years by looking at the national strategies they have presented at annual meetings of the UN High-Level Political Forum.

Improving the Sustainable Development Goals takes a critical but constructive approach, pointing out risks as well as possible remedies. The SDGs are seen as an opportunity for a global conversation on what works in solving some fundamental problems relating to poverty and environmental degradation. With the inclusion of a chapter by Tobias Ogweno, former member of the Kenya's UN mission, this book will appeal to all those who are interested in policy analysis with a focus on development issues.

  • Englisch
  • Milton
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  • Großbritannien
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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978-0-429-63316-4 (9780429633164)
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Lars Niklasson is a researcher at the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS), and a professor of political science at Linköping University, Sweden. His research interest is European Union (EU)-Africa relations and the global leadership role of the EU. He has taught international political economy and comparative politics, with a focus on global challenges and governance. Niklasson has been a visiting teacher at the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Cover
  • Half Title
  • Series Page
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • List of figures
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • 1 Global goals in search of strategies
  • A global agreement
  • Eradication of poverty in reach
  • Environmental urgency
  • Ambitious and flexible goals
  • To achieve sustainable development
  • A political compromise
  • Contested issues
  • Through 17 goals
  • Economic issues
  • Social issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Cross-cutting issues
  • Without an explicit strategy
  • Weak on strategies for implementation
  • How flexible are the goals?
  • Weak on compliance
  • And in an unclear relation to other global policies
  • But still an example of the art of the possible
  • References
  • 2 A research gap on strategies and implementation
  • Focus on the implementation of the SDGs
  • Forward-looking
  • Connecting policy to research
  • Africa and developing countries
  • Are the goals intended to be taken seriously?
  • Problems with the existing literature
  • Sustainable development
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Empirical perspectives
  • Poverty reduction
  • References
  • 3 Refocus from the goals to learning over time
  • Policy by goals
  • The role of goals
  • New Public Management
  • Another interpretation: a learning policy
  • Rationalism vs realism
  • A learning subject
  • The importance of a programme theory, a strategy
  • Hidden assumptions
  • A theory of change for sustainable development
  • Methods and material
  • References
  • 4 An inherent strategy in the goals
  • The economic dimension
  • Goal 1: no poverty
  • Goal 8: decent work and economic growth
  • Goal 9: industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Goal 10: reduced inequalities
  • Summary
  • The social dimension
  • Goal 2: zero hunger
  • Goal 3: good health and well-being
  • Goal 4: quality education
  • Goal 5: gender equality
  • Goal 6: clean water and sanitation
  • Goal 7: affordable and clean energy
  • Goal 11: sustainable cities and communities
  • Summary
  • The environmental dimension
  • Goal 12: responsible production and consumption
  • Goal 13: climate action
  • Goal 14: life below water
  • Goal 15: life on land
  • Summary
  • Cross-cutting issues
  • Goal 16: peace, justice and strong institutions
  • Goal 17: partnerships for the goals
  • Summary
  • How can we understand the goals as a strategy?
  • The general strategy
  • The environmental goals
  • The social goals
  • The economic goals
  • The governance goals
  • References
  • 5 Alternative strategies for sustainable development
  • How can we think about drivers and barriers for sustainable development?
  • Four questions
  • Three stylized perspectives
  • Political debates
  • Drivers for economic development
  • Modernization theory vs dependency theory
  • Developmental states and global value chains
  • Drivers for social development
  • Normative issues
  • Three perspectives
  • Drivers for environmental development/protection
  • Two relationships
  • Three perspectives
  • Drivers for the development of governance/state capacity
  • Failed states
  • Summary and implications for developing countries
  • References
  • 6 The governance challenge
  • Good governance as the key to successful implementationof the SDGs
  • Good governance
  • Disagreements
  • Critical perspectives
  • Developmental neopatrimonialism
  • Questions
  • The evidence
  • Differing methods
  • Two rival theories
  • Are the strategies feasible?
  • Problems with good governance
  • A value conflict
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • 7 National strategies of implementation
  • What is new with the SDGs?
  • The context of the SDGs
  • The Voluntary National Reviews
  • National strategies: different approaches, same destiny
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Integrated governance
  • Legitimate, innovative and flexible governance
  • National development plans
  • Managing the tensions
  • Citizen engagement with the goals
  • References
  • 8 Conclusions of the study
  • Summary
  • Conclusions
  • The future
  • References
  • Index
"This book explores the formulation and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals; this type of analysis is critical to make progress on sustainable development. The authors apply a forward-looking perspective to discuss drivers and barriers for achieving the goals, adding to the multifaceted debate surrounding societal efforts to enhance sustainability."
Henrik Selin, Frederick S Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

"This book explores the formulation and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals; this type of analysis is critical to make progress on sustainable development. The authors apply a forward-looking perspective to discuss drivers and barriers for achieving the goals, adding to the multifaceted debate surrounding societal efforts to enhance sustainability."
<strong>Henrik Selin, Frederick S Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University</strong>

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