Prospects for Sustainability
Published in 1999, this volume provides the first thorough analysis of the elements of sustainable public policy in a devolved Scotland. Following the vote for a Scottish Parliament in the 1997 referendum, it explores the immediate and longer-term challenges likely to confront Scotland. The book brings together policy-thinkers and practitioners from academia, business, the voluntary sector and politics to ask: What are the key opportunities and constraints around sustainability? What practical difference will devolution make? What changes within and beyond government will be required to strengthen the roots of sustainable development? It includes the findings from a specially-commissioned opinion poll published in this volume for the first time. Offering a far-sighted analysis, the book poses a series of timely questions and offers policy recommendations for the next decade.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction 1. Environment Scotland: An Overview, Eleanor McDowell 2. Sustainability and Sustainable Development, David Silberg Part 2: Public and Political Opinion 3. Environmental Beliefs and Behaviour in Scotland, James McCormick 4. The Scottish Greens in a Changing Political Climate, Lynn Bennie Part 3: Policy Debates: From the Grassroots to the Parliament 5. Sustainable Development in Scotland: Responses from the Grassroots, Eleanor McDowell and Douglas Chalmers 6. Creating the Framework for Sustainable Local Transport Strategies for Scotland, David Begg 7. Planning and the Parliament: Challenges and Opportunities, Sarah Boyack 8. Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Land Use, Andrew Raven 9. Land Reform, Hugh Raven 10. Sustainable Scotland: The Energy Dimension, Tony Gloyne and Alan Hutton 11. Environmental Management: A Business Perspective, Alistair Dalziel 12. Business Strategy and the Environment: Implementing European Environmental Management Systems, Peter A. Strachan Part 4: Scotland, Europe and Beyond 13. Sustainable Development in a Small Country: The Global and European Agenda, Kevin Dunion.
’...an excellent resource for all those with teaching, research or other professional interests in environmental policy.’ Scottish Geographical Journal ’It asks honestly what changes will be required to move beyond the rhetoric of sustainable development. Surely we have not all only been paying mere lip service to this concept up till now!’ Journal of Environmental Planning and Management ’This book was published with a clear political purpose...It amptly [sic] succeeds in this task; but the book is even more interesting to read now after the election has passed...To have sketched out some of the things that the Scottish Pariament [sic] could do is the true value of Environment Scotland...this book should therefore be compulsary [sic] reading - not just for MSPs.’ Scottish Affairs