Abstract

The 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg is remembered mainly for the promotion of a novel form of global governance: the so-called ‘partnerships for sustainable development’. This book provides a first authoritative assessment of partnerships for sustainable development, ten years after the Johannesburg Summit.

The extensive research builds on an exclusive Global Sustainability Partnerships Database and a series of in-depth qualitative case studies. Key questions studied in this book include the overall effectiveness and influence of partnerships, their geographical, functional and organizational scope, and their legitimacy. This unique book systematically investigates the questions of emergence, influence and legitimacy, which will prove invaluable for scholars and students interested in global environmental governance and sustainability, public–private partnerships, sustainability at the UN level and environmental governance beyond international agreements and policies.

Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction: Partnerships for Sustainable Development (Philipp Pattberg, Frank Biermann, Sander Chan and Aysem Mert)

Part I: Emergence of Partnerships for Sustainable Development

2. The Politics of Partnerships for Sustainable Development (Aysem Mert and Sander Chan)

3. Explaining the Geographic, Thematic and Organizational Differentiation of Partnerships for Sustainable Development (Sander Chan and Christina Müller)

Part II: Influence of Partnerships for Sustainable Development

4. The Overall Influence of Partnerships for Sustainable Development: More Smoke than Fire? (Frank Biermann, Sander Chan, Aysem Mert and Philipp Pattberg)

5. Partnerships for Sustainable Development in the Energy Sector: Explaining Variation in their Problem-Solving Effectiveness (Kacper Szulecki, Philipp Pattberg and Frank Biermann)

Part III: Partnerships for Sustainable Development Beyond the OECD World

6. Partnerships for Sustainable Development beyond the OECD World: Comparing China and India (Sander Chan)

7. Africa’s Involvement in Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Holy Grail or Business as Usual? (Daniel Compagnon)

Part IV: Legitimacy of Partnerships for Sustainable Development

8. Are Partnerships for Sustainable Development Democratic and Legitimate? (Karin Bäckstrand)

9. Partnerships for Sustainable Development in the Water Sector: Privatization, Participation and Legitimacy (Eleni Dellas)

10. Assessing the Legitimacy of Technology Transfer through Partnerships for Sustainable Development in the Water Sector (Aysem Mert and Eleni Dellas)

11. Conclusions (Philipp Pattberg, Frank Biermann, Sander Chan and Aysem Mert)