1st Edition

Governing the Interlinkages between the SDGs Approaches, Opportunities and Challenges

    280 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Governing the Interlinkages between the SDGs: Approaches, Opportunities and Challenges identifies the institutional processes, governance mechanisms and policy mixes that are conducive to devising strategies of integrated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation.

    The book edited by Anita Breuer, Daniele Malerba, Srinivasa Srigiri and Pooja Balasubramanian examines the dedicated policies targeting the SDGs, as well as political and institutional drivers of synergies and trade-offs between the SDGs in selected key areas – both cross-nationally and in specific country contexts. Their analysis moves beyond the focus on links between SDG indicators and targets. Instead, the book takes advantage of recent evidence from the initial implementation phase of the SDGs and each chapter explores the question of which political-institutional prerequisites, governance mechanisms and policy instruments are suited to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. The findings presented are intended to both inform high-level policy debates and to provide orientation for practitioners working on development cooperation.

    This volume will be of great interest to practitioners and policy makers in the field of sustainable development, as well as academics in the fields of sustainability research, political science, and economics.

    A PDF version of this book is available for free in Open Access at www.taylorfrancis.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons BY license


    Table of Contents Chapter 1: Governing the Interlinkages between the SDGs: Approaches, Opportunities and Challenges Part I: Setting the scene: the state of the art on SDG interlinkages research Chapter 2: Scientific Approaches to SDG Interactions Analyses - The State of Play Chapter 3: The role of good governance in reducing poverty and inequality: Evidence from a scoping review of interlinkages between SDGs 16, 10 and 1 Part II: Institutional pre-conditions for increasing policy coherence in the implementation for the 2030 Agenda Chapter 4: Governance mechanisms for coherent and effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda: A cross-national comparison of government SDG bodies Chapter 5: A metagovernance approach to multilevel governance and vertical coordination for the SDGs Part III: Governance mechanisms to address Interlinkages, Trade-offs and Synergies: Merits and deficiencies Chapter 6: Trade-offs and SDG politics in South American agrifood governance: the risks from cherry-picking Chapter 7: Governance of the water-land-food nexus for integrated achievement of the 2030 Agenda: the case of lower Awash River basin, Ethiopia Chapter 8: Implementing the 2030 Agenda under resource scarcity – The case of WEF nexus governance in Azraq / Jordan Chapter 9: To grow or not to grow? Revisiting economic growth as a Sustainable Development Goal in light of the degrowth debate Chapter 10: Gender and Education Part IV: "Tools", policy mixes and governance mechanisms (solution oriented) Chapter 11: Modelling the interaction between climate mitigation and income inequality: the use of Integrated Assessment Models and the case of India Chapter 12: Poverty, Inequality and growth: East Asian experience Chapter 13: A decision-making tool for systems thinking in SDG implementation: Experiences from Sweden’s Voluntary National Review 2021 Part V: Conclusions Chapter 14: Conclusions Index





    Anita Breuer is a senior researcher at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), leading the inter-disciplinary research project "Implementing the 2030 Agenda: Integrating Growth, Environment, Equality and Governance". Her primary research interests involve sustainability governance, democracy promotion, accountability and participatory politics, as well as the impact of digitalization on political behavior and collective action.

    Daniele Malerba is a senior researcher at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) in the inter-disciplinary research project focused on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. His research focuses on just transitions, socio-ecological transitions and how to address the distributional implications of climate policies with the use of social protection.

    Srinivasa Srigiri is a senior researcher within the Research Programme on Environmental Governance at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS). His primary research interests involve governance of natural resources, sustainability transformations in rural and agricultural sectors, strategies for climate adaptation at sub-national and local levels, and the water-energy-food nexus.

    Pooja Balasubramanian is a researcher at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), part of an inter-disciplinary research project on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. She focuses on the interlinkages between poverty, inequality and growth.

    "The transformative potential of the 2030 Agenda will not be realized unless Governments recognize, and act on, the interlinkages between the SDGs. This book is a fresh, timely and thought-provoking analysis of this challenging dimension, in particular the policy and institutional innovations required. It is a very welcome and valuable resource."

    Ambassador David Donoghue, Permament Representative of Ireland to the UN 2013-2017 and co-facilitator of the UN negotiaons on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    "Governing the interlinkages between the SDGs" provides an excellent analysis of governance mechanisms and policy processes that effectively promote sustainable development. This is extremely important for advancing action on the SDGs, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and increasing pressures of climate change."

    Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz, Co-Chair of the UN Independent Group of Scientists for the Global Sustainable Development Report 2023 and Co-Chair of the German Sustainability Council (RNE)

    "We know that governance matters to reduce poverty and inequality, but we know less about what particular aspects of governance matter most when, how and why. This book helps to deepen our understanding of the governance and policy innovations that are needed to support policy coherence across sectors and actors at different levels to deliver on Agenda 2030."

    Alina Rocha Menocal, Principal Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Director of the global Thinking and Working Community of Practice (TWP CoP)