Joining up or pulling apart? The use of appraisal to coordinate policy making for sustainable development

Russel, D and Jordan, A (2009) Joining up or pulling apart? The use of appraisal to coordinate policy making for sustainable development. Environment and Planning A, 41 (5). pp. 1201-1216.

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Abstract

Coordinated (or 'joined-up') approaches to policy making are said to be an immensely important ingredient in the effective governance of sustainable development. There are, however, few detailed empirical studies of how well different policy coordination instruments perform in relation to this task. This paper identifies the United Kingdom as a critical test of how to achieve better policy coordination because it has been regularly identified as an exemplar of best practice in international benchmarking exercises. Specifically, it examines the integration of the environment into mainstream policy making through the application of policy appraisal in the strategically important areas of energy, defence, and public spending. Overall, it finds that the UK's much vaunted approach to coordinating the governance of sustainable development has struggled to tame the forces of departmentalism. While deploying carefully packaged combinations of coordinating instruments may address some causes of non-joine-up behaviour, perfectly coherent policy making is always likely to remain tantalisingly out of reach.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE)
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Science, Society and Sustainability
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Resources, Sustainability and Governance
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Climate, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
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Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2011 11:27
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 05:00
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/24406
DOI: 10.1068/a4142

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