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Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation

Kanie, Norichika, Frank Biermann (editors). 2017. Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press


In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goals built on and broadened the earlier Millennium Development Goals, but they also signaled a larger shift in governance strategies. The seventeen goals add detailed content to the concept of sustainable development, identify specific targets for each goal, and help frame a broader, more coherent, and transformative 2030 agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals aim to build a universal, integrated framework for action that reflects the economic, social, and planetary complexities of the twenty-first century.

This book examines in detail the core characteristics of goal setting, asking when it is an appropriate governance strategy and how it differs from other approaches; analyzes the conditions under which a goal-oriented agenda can enable progress toward desired ends; and considers the practical challenges in implementation.

Table of Contents

Front Matter (pp. i-iv)

Table of Contents (pp. v-vi)

Series Foreword (pp. vii-viii)

Preface (pp. ix-xvi)
Norichika Kanie and Frank Biermann

List of Acronyms (pp. xvii-xviii)

1. Introduction: Global Governance through Goal Setting (pp. 1-28)
Norichika Kanie, Steven Bernstein, Frank Biermann and Peter M. Haas

2. Conceptualization: Goal Setting as a Strategy for Earth System Governance (pp. 31-52)
Oran R. Young

3. Goal Setting in the Anthropocene: The Ultimate Challenge of Planetary Stewardship (pp. 53-74)
Oran R. Young, Arild Underdal, Norichika Kanie and Rakhyun E. Kim

4. Global Goal Setting for Improving National Governance and Policy (pp. 75-98)
Frank Biermann, Casey Stevens, Steven Bernstein, Aarti Gupta, Norichika Kanie, Måns Nilsson and Michelle Scobie

5. Measuring Progress in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 99-134)
László Pintér, Marcel Kok and Dora Almassy

II Learning from the Past

6. Ideas, Beliefs, and Policy Linkages: Lessons from Food, Water, and Energy Policies (pp. 137-164)
Peter M. Haas and Casey Stevens

7. Lessons from the Health-Related Millennium Development Goals (pp. 165-186)
Steinar Andresen and Masahiko Iguchi

8. Corporate Water Stewardship: Lessons for Goal-based Hybrid Governance (pp. 187-210)
Takahiro Yamada

III Operational Challenges

9. The United Nations and the Governance of Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 213-240)
Steven Bernstein

10. The Sustainable Development Goals and Multilateral Agreements (pp. 241-258)
Arild Underdal and Rakhyun E. Kim

11. Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (pp. 259-274)
Tancrède Voituriez, Kanako Morita, Thierry Giordano, Noura Bakkour and Noriko Shimizu

12. Toward a Multi-level Action Framework for Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 275-294)
Joyeeta Gupta and Måns Nilsson

13. Conclusion: Key Challenges for Global Governance through Goals (pp. 295-310)
Frank Biermann and Norichika Kanie

Annexes (pp. 311-318)

Contributors (pp. 319-326)

Index (pp. 327-333)


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