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Environment and Sustainability

A Policy Handbook, 2nd Edition

By Stephen Dovers, Karen Hussey


256 pages

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Paperback: 9781862879348
pub: 2013-07-25
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Dovers and Hussey argue that better public policy is the key to creating a more sustainable environment and show what this might involve. This is an intensely practical book, intellectually rigorous, and written in a concise and accessible style.

They meld a deep knowledge of traditional public policy with a close understanding of sustainability problems and an appreciation of the complex institutional systems which make up modern civil society. As well as establishing an operational framework for policy analysis and prescription, they provide ways of fulfilling key elements of an effective policy process with chapters on:

Problem framing

Policy framing

Policy implementation

Policy monitoring and evaluation

Public participation

Institutional settings and reform for effective policy.

This edition responds to the increasing urgency and complexity of challenges of environment and sustainability. It is updated to include new perspectives from policy theory and practice, expands the coverage of international dimensions of trade and regulation and incorporates coverage of emerging issues and policy challenges such as climate mitigation and adaptation, urban sustainability, and the nexus between climate change, energy and water.

Table of Contents

Preface: Why this book? Part 1. Policy and the Environment 1. Orientation and Introduction

Thinking about Policy 2. Environment and Sustainability as Policy and Institutional Problem 3. Policy Cycles and Models, Environment and Sustainability Part 2. Checklists and Frameworks for Policy Analysis 4. Problem-framing 5. Policy-framing 6. Policy implementation 7. Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 8. Participation, Transparency and Accountability Part 3. Prospects for Environment and Sustainability Policy 9. Coordination, Integration, and Institutional Change

About the Authors

Stephen Dovers is Director, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, and is a leading scholar of environmental and natural resource policy, the institutional dimensions of sustainable development, disaster management and climate adaptation.

Karen Hussey is Senior Lecturer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University where she undertakes research on the policy and institutional dimensions of sustainability. Dr Hussey leads several projects in the area of climate adaptation, energy and water governance, and the links between trade and environmental regulation.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy