What roles are there for sustainability assessment in the policy process?

Weaver, PM and Jordan, AJ (2008) What roles are there for sustainability assessment in the policy process? International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 3 (1/2). p. 9. ISSN 1740-8822

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Abstract

This paper reviews some of the attempts that have been made in the EU to include sustainability concerns in ex ante policy assessment processes and explores why these are generally deemed to be ineffective. It argues that the dominant policy frames are not oriented towards sustainable development. Traditional policy assessment procedures, which are designed and used to screen policy proposals, are unable to install sustainability considerations into proposals retroactively. A 'gap' in the toolbox of assessment methods, therefore, exists for a form of sustainability assessment able to give a strategic sustainability orientation to policy-making. Within the MATISSE project, this form of assessment is termed 'Integrated Sustainability Assessment' (ISA). This paper describes ISA and discusses where and when in the policy process it could be used most effectively.

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: 14 Jun 2011 09:26
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 05:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/32420
DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2008.018192

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