Quotation Sedlacko, Michal. 2008. Applying institutional theory to the assessment of national strategies for sustainable development. EASY-ECO Vienna Conference 2008 “Governance by Evaluation: Institutional Capacities and Learning for Sustainable Development”, Vienna, Österreich, 11.03.-14.03..


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As early as 1972 Principle 14 of the Stockholm Declaration establishes planning as being “an essential tool” in reaching conflicting objectives of development and protection and improvement of the environment. Two decades later Rio’s Agenda 21 furthered this notion by requiring elaboration of the so-called national sustainable development (SD) strategies. Today, a considerable number of countries adopted a national SD strategy, incurring, especially in the countries of the European Union, a need for their evaluation. The paper builds on the understanding of a national SD strategy as a “set of mechanisms” and utilises institutional theory to identify common denominators to these mechanisms. National SD strategy processes are translated into “action arenas”, the holons of human interactions regulated by rules, where institutional learning can be interpreted as institutional change. Applicability of Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework for assessment of preparatory processes of a national SD strategy and mechanisms of horizontal and vertical policy integration and stakeholder participation is explored.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Applying institutional theory to the assessment of national strategies for sustainable development
Event EASY-ECO Vienna Conference 2008 “Governance by Evaluation: Institutional Capacities and Learning for Sustainable Development”
Year 2008
Date 11.03.-14.03.
Country Austria
Location Vienna

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EASY-ECO 2005-2007 - Evaluation of Sustainability – a series of Euro-Conferences and Training Events
People
Sedlacko, Michal (Former researcher)
Organization
Institute for Managing Sustainability IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5368 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
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