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Sustainability Governance and Hierarchy

1st Edition

Edited by Philippe Hamman

Routledge

272 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-07-09
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Sustainability Governance and Hierarchy provides a solid, theoretically and empirically grounded reflection on the concept of "sustainability governance". This idea has been growing in popularity in social science literature, as well as among decision-makers and governance actors, as it brings together two vast fields of study that have sometimes been dismissed as vague or ideologically loaded. In order to link the concepts of "sustainability" and "governance", the book is organized around the exploration of hierarchy issues, which often lie in the background of the existing literature but are not the focus of analysis.

The chapters reflect ongoing controversies and dialogue between scientists with different theoretical and thematic backgrounds, who are all willing to participate in and contribute to a constructive effort to reach a more inclusive and more theoretically relevant stage for sustainability studies, being content with merely global analyses. The book is an innovative contribution to the hierarchy/non-hierarchy debate regarding governance arrangements in the field of sustainability and sustainability studies.

This book will be of interest to advanced students and scholars focusing on governance issues, sustainability studies, environmental studies, as well as on the methodological aspects of the social sciences (economy, geography, law, philosophy, political science, sociology, urbanism and planning).

Reviews

"Sustainability Governance and Hierarchy is an inspiring collection of essays in the broader field of environmental social sciences. Drawing on empirically grounded work and theoretical reflection the contributions of this volume provide a valuable resource for teaching and research activities."

Tim Freytag, University of Freiburg

"With this volume, Philippe Hamman brings together original and timely contributions from excellent scholars. The focus on governance and sustainability, documenting the ways in which public and private actors explore new forms of engagement and redefine their legitimacy, provides an impressive overview and a comprehensive understanding of society/nature relationships in European cities."

Pierre Hamel, Université de Montréal

"Sustainability is a popular issue which can often produce misunderstandings, having different meanings on an international level. Philippe Hamman's book is a major resource for experts, citizens and policy makers trying to work towards a sustainable Europe."

Maurice Blanc, Urban Institute, Strasbourg Univesrity

Table of Contents

Lists of figures, maps, tables

List of contributors

Preface & Acknowledgements

 

part I

Conceptual issues and framework

1. Rethinking Hierarchy in Sustainability Governance. A Literature Review

Philippe Hamman

2. Toward Systematic Understandings of Sustainability Governance. A Conceptual Meta-Framework

Basil Bornemann, Philipp Lange and Paul Burger

 

Part II

New frames for thinking and implementing economic policy, law and public administration

3. Why Does Promoting Energy Efficiency not Contradict the Paradigm of Sustainability? A Normative Approach Using the Pareto Criterion

Bianca Blum, Bernhard Neumärker and Anja Simoneit

4. Urban Planning and Adaptation to Climate Change. A Legal Perspective

Vincent Tissot and Marie-Pierre Camproux-Duffrène

5. Sustainabilizing the Government Machinery? Exploring Sustainability-Oriented Transformations of Internal Governance in Swiss Cantons

Basil Bornemann and Marius Christen

 

Part III

Governance of energy transition and territorial metabolism: reframing sustainability politics/policies

6. (Self-)Governing Urban Energy Transitions: From Revolution to Evolution?

Jens Koehrsen

7. Governance for Sufficiency: A New Approach to a Contested Field

Paul Burger, Iljana Schubert and Annika Sohre

8. Governance of Urban Metabolism: When a System Creates Its Own Limitations

Maurice Wintz

Part IV

Rethinking the "sustainable city" project as a procedural issue: between institutional regulations and social linkages

9. Urban Sustainability Governance and Social Transactions in France. A Social Sciences Perspective

Philippe Hamman

10. For a New Conception of the Metropolis. The "Danube" Eco-District in Strasbourg as a New Model for Urban Governance and an Experiment in Local Democracy

Patricia Zander

11. Governance for Sustainability in European Cities

Cristina Garzillo and Matthew Bach

 

Index

About the Editor

Philippe Hamman is Professor of Sociology at the Institute for Urbanism and Regional Development, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Strasbourg, France

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Sustainability

Sustainability has become one of the most pressing social, environmental, economic, cultural and political issues of our times. Yet the meaning of ‘sustainability’ remains elusive.

This series provides original insights from across the social sciences and humanities on the meaning and practice of sustainability. It offers both theoretical and practical analysis of ‘sustainability’, including social sustainability, sustainable consumption, democratic sustainability and sustainable behaviour.

These interdisciplinary books give students, researchers, policy makers and practitioners the latest thinking from international authors. This thought-provoking series draws on and is relevant to those working in a wide-range of disciplines, including environment, development, sociology, politics, philosophy, business and marketing, media, geography, and anthropology.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan (Rebecca.Brennan@tandf.co.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS072000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
NAT010000
NATURE / Ecology
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science