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Putting sustainable development into practice? The role of local policy partnership networks

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This paper examines how the concept of sustainable development is being put into practice by local policy partnership networks. We suggest that due to the highly contested nature of the concept, these networks are facing problems in trying to unravel what sustainable development actually means. Few organisations are grappling with the more fundamental implications of the concept and, as a result, policies for sustainability are being developed cheek by jowl with those of economic growth and competitiveness. Moreover, established local policy networks play a dominant role in defining a vision of sustainable development to the detriment of groups outside the policy process. Mechanisms and institutions need to be established to widen participation and debate on the issue and to draw upon lessons and ideas from organisations outside established networks, such as environmental and campaign groups, third sector organisations, community associations and socially responsible businesses.

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Author(s): Chatterton P, Style S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Local Environment

Year: 2001

Volume: 6

Issue: 4

Pages: 439-452

Print publication date: 01/01/2001

ISSN (print): 1354-9839

ISSN (electronic): 1469-6711

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/13549830120091725


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