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Policy, complexity and ecological sustainability

Environmental Policy
Policy Analysis
Policy-Making
P302
Simon West
Stockholm University
Koen Bartels
University of Birmingham

Abstract

Environmental policy and governance play a key role in promoting socio-ecological sustainability. The complexity of the issues involved asks for learning, collaboration and adaptation by all stakeholders. Policy and governance arrangements can facilitate this but their own complexity can create barriers, including power inequalities. The aim of this panel is to explore how policy processes and governance institutions tackle the complexity of socio-ecological sustainability and critically evaluate how this could be improved. Papers will examine these issues in areas including climate change, water governance and nuclear waste management.

Title Details
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From a ‘hard nuclear state’ towards a ‘soft nuclear repository state’ - Participation, Co-design, Learning, and Adaptation by the German ‘Repository Site Selection Act’? View Paper Details
Learning to anticipate in water governance View Paper Details