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On Communicative Action and Power: The National Commission on Sustainable Development of Barbados

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jonathan Pugh


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The discussion presented in this paper indicates that despite an ostensible focus upon environmental institutional capacity, with the development of a National Commission on Sustainable Development, there remains a continuation with entrenched and ‘narrow’ patterns of governance and decision-making. As was the case when ‘participation’ and ‘sustainable development’ were the topical buzzwords of the 1980s and early 1990s, there have recently been a plethora of international, regional, national and local programmes associated with environmental institutional capacity. It is suggested that systems are maintained in their present form through subtle strategies and tactics, particularly those exercised by ‘experts’ and certain business groups. Together, they present a significant barrier to the development of more collaborative approaches to governance.

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Author(s): Pugh J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Caribbean Geography

Year: 2001

Volume: 12

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-11

ISSN (print): 0252-9939

Publisher: Jamaican Geographical Society

Notes: The first paper to explore to explore the concepts of 'collaborative planning' and 'institutional capacity building' in the Caribbean.