Sustainability and Short-term Policies

Sustainability and Short-term Policies : Improving Governance in Spatial Policy Interventions

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There has been a profound change within the sphere of government and societal regulation in recent years. Traditional hierarchical government has been challenged by new governance instruments relying on negotiations instead of command and control. Alongside this development there has been a change in the time-framing of politics and steering. Traditional politics implicitly has been based on stability and permanence while new forms of governance explicitly are based on just-in-time actions such as projects and issue-based collaborations in networks and programs.This book analyses the implications of this shortening of time frames, focusing particularly on spatial policy interventions. Spatial policies have a special relevance when it comes to governance and new forms of societal steering. On the one hand, the local (geographical) level in politics is the principal battleground for the struggle between top down and bottom up approaches and aspirations. On the other hand, many of the most burning issues of our time require a global, strategic approach, for example, climate change, resource depletion, population growth are anchored in space and the physical world.Whether and how short-term spatial approaches can achieve sustainable development outcomes is thus a critical question, and forms the focus of this volume. The book examines the characteristics of temporary policy measures across a range of rural, urban and regional contexts, in four continents: Europe, North America, Oceania and Africa. The outcomes and effects of these policies and interventions are analysed, particularly focusing on the tension between short-term interventions and long-term effects.
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  • Electronic book text | 350 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Farnham, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Includes 28 b&w illustrations and 3 maps
  • 1409446786
  • 9781409446781

Table of contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction: exploring short-termism and sustainability: temporal mechanisms in spatial policies, Terry Marsden, Stefan Sjoblom, Kjell Andersson and Sarah Skerratt; Part I Temporary Policy Measures: Leader as a means for strengthening rural development capacity: from project output to the embedding of outcomes, Lars Larsson and Cecilia Waldenstrom; To be or not to be...political? Development discourse, participatory instruments and programme-based approach to public action in Tunisia, Aude-Annabelle Canesse; The democratic implications of project organisations - a case study of LEADER-projects in Finland, Sebastian Godenhjelm, Johan Munck af Rosenschold, Kanerva Kuokkanen, Kjell Andersson and Stefan Sjoblom; Temporary guides and long term policy challenges: the view from remote Australia, Dean Carson and Daniela Stehlik. Part II Effects and Outcomes: Overcoming short-termism? Building sustainable eco-clusters in rural Devon, Terry Marsden, Lummina Horlings and Yoko Kanemasu; The need to shift rural community development from projects towards resilience: international implications of findings in Scotland, Sarah Skerratt; Understanding short-termism: development policy in Paris, Budapest and their surrounding settlements, Bernadett Csurgo, Imre Kovach and Nicole Mathieu; Temporal dimensions of governance: a critical analysis of projects, Steven Wolf; Mobilizing civil society for environmental protection in a context dominated by industrial agriculture; avoiding projects, Cornelia Butler Flora and Michael Delaney. Part III Intermediaries in Spatial Policy Interventions: Institutions and networks in rural development: two case studies from Hungary, Boldizsar Megyesi; Wind energy exchanges and rural development in Italy, Giorgio Osti; From business to territorial and social networks in rural development? Experiences from rural Valencia (Spain), Javier Esparcia; Conclusion: progressing from governance challenges to approaching `must hit' spatial policy targets, Kjell Andersson, Stefan Sjoblom, Terry Marsden and Sarah Skerratt; Index.
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About Stefan Sjoblom

Stefan Sjoblom, Professor in Local Administration, Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland, Kjell Andersson, Professor in Rural Studies, Abo Akademi University, Finland, Terry Marsden, Professor, City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University, UK and Sarah Skerratt, Senior Researcher, Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), Edinburgh, UK.Terry Marsden, Stefan Sjoblom, Kjell Andersson, Sarah Skerratt, Lars Larsson, Cecilia Waldenstrom, Aude-Annabelle Canesse, Sebastian Godenhjelm, Johan Munck af Rosenschold, Kanerva Kuokkanen, Dean Carson, Daniela Stehlik, Lummina Horlings, Yoko Kanemasu, Bernadett Csurgo, Imre Kovac, Nicole Mathieu, Steven Wolf, Cornelia Butler Flora, Michael Delaney, Boldizsar Megyesi, Giorgio Osti, Javier Esparcia.
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