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

Weaver, Paul M. and Jordan, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7678-1024 (2008) What roles are there for sustainability assessment in the policy process? International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 3 (1/2). pp. 9-32. ISSN 1740-8822

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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 Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2011 08:26
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 23:59
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/32420
DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2008.018192

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