A Framework for Sustainable Global Development and the Effective Governance of Risk

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Gregory Borne, 2010 - Business & Economics - 318 pages
Case studies, including a study of global politics within the UN Environment Program and a study of the implementation of a local scheme to reduce energy within the home, are used to connect the theory of reflexive modernization with the politics of sustainable development and the analysis of risk governance. The book provides insight into various sustainable development discussions, indicating implications for future policy in the the area of sustainable development.

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Dr Gregory Borne's contribution to the field of sustainable global development is timely, comprehensive and effective. As a field practitioner trying to devise energy policies and recommendations that integrate sustainable development, I have found Dr Borne's framework a very helpful conceptual guide. I would recommend his book to initiates and experienced practitioners alike.
- D. Cook, First Secretary - Energy and Climate Change, British Embassy Abu Dhabi
This is an interesting book that makes you think. It is well written and regularly ties up its themes well. It is empirically informative and very good on creating categories and concepts for encapsulating its findings. Borne proceeds in a methodologically careful way. He overturns what to some would be obvious truths and invites the reader to think about where politics may be most reflexive and best able to deal with environmental problems.
Prof. Luke Martell, University of Sussex
Borne was not only able to provide a stimulating and scholarly piece of analysis; it is also an excellent reflection of the interconnections between different contemporary public discourses. The book points to some normative implications of his analysis which should be a mandatory reading for all people involved in the fields of sustainable development, risk management and regulation, and governance generally.
Prof. Ortwin Renn, Professor of Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment at the University of Stuttgart and Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Risk Governance and Sustainable Technology Development
Drawing together a sophisticated theoretical base and applying a rigorous empirical study Borne has succeeded in producing some groundbreaking insights into the governance of sustainable development at both the global and the local scales of analysis. . . . This text will move the research agenda in a number of fields in new directions. Academics and practitioners will find this to be an indispensible text and will be required reading for all those interested in sustainable development, governance, risk and the broad relationship of humanity with its environment.” – Prof. Simon Payne, University of Plymouth
Not only does this book provide a fascinating insight into an array of sustainable development discourses, [this book] has important implications for future policy in this field. – Prof. Alison Anderson, University of Plymouth
This is a timely piece that begins to address an inter-connected set of problems that face, and will continue to face, communities at all levels. The complexities of sustainability, including the multiple and often conflicting meanings attributed to the concept and practice of 'sustainability', can often lead to confusion and a lack of clarity. Gregory Borne begins to address this fundamental problem by neatly picking his way through some of the more opaque approaches to the topic. The author uses case studies to illustrate the complexities involved in developing such programmes in an effective manner and the difference in scale between United Nations sustainability programmes compared to the much smaller scale energy saving project undertaken at the very local level neatly illustrates how this aspect of 21st century life touches us all at all levels. This book is a useful addition to any collection aimed at understanding sustainability at whatever level the reader operates.
Dr Adrian Barton
Plymouth University Business School
This book offers a thorough and extensive discussion and analysis of the complexities of sustainable development, risk and governance. It adopts an interdisciplinary perspective that is capable of creating new insights into developmental issues. This book will be invaluable to academics and practitioners alike' Dr. Sharon Leahy; University of St Andrews

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What impressed the most is that the book manages to be both academically first-rate and of practical use for those working in the field. The intellectual rigour with which Borne tackles this complex subject is complemented well by pertinent case studies, engaging the reader with real-world demonstration of potentially byzantine theoretical concepts.
- Ben Coombes, Sustainable Development Consultant, London


World Risk Society and Sustainable Development
Interpreting Sustainable Development into Global
Exposing the SubPolitical
Negotiating Sustainable Development Inside the United
Sustainable Development
The Salience of Sustainable Development
Making the Connections

Local Governance and Lay Perception
Motivations and Perceptions

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About the author (2010)

Dr. Gregory Borne is a esearch fellow at the University of Plymouth and a member of the Institute of Environmental Science and a Society for the Environment Chartered Environmentalist. His work focuses on bridging the divide between sustainable development theory and function by examining the ways that the abstractions of sustainable development are translated into tangible outputs.

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