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Advancing Sustainability Governance


  • The book links sustainability governance to the context of knowledge democracy and international politics

  • Identifies institutions that need to advance sustainable development

  • Brings in the cultural dimension of sustainable development

  • Exemplifies on transformation processes towards sustainability

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Reflections on sustainability governance

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Cultural Diversity and Sustainability Metagovernance

      • Louis Meuleman
      Pages 37-81Open Access
    3. Growth: A Discussion of the Margins of Economic and Ecological Thought

      • Alexander Perez-Carmona
      Pages 83-161Open Access
    4. Development, Sustainability and International Politics

      • Jamel Napolitano
      Pages 163-211Open Access
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 311-323

About this book

‘Transgovernance: Advancing Sustainability Governance’ analyses the question what recent and ongoing changes in the relations between politics, science and media – together characterized as the emergence of a knowledge democracy – may imply for governance for sustainable development, on global and other levels of societal decision making, and the other way around: How can the discussion on sustainable development contribute to a knowledge democracy? How can concepts such as second modernity, reflexivity, configuration theory, (meta)governance theory and cultural theory contribute to a ‘transgovernance’ approach which goes beyond mainstream sustainability governance? 

This volume presents contributions from various angles: international

relations, governance and metagovernance theory, (environmental) economics

and innovation science. It offers challenging insights regarding institutions and

transformation processes, and on the paradigms behind contemporary sustainability governance.This book gives the sustainability governance debate a new context. It transforms classical questions into new options for societal decision making and identifies starting points and strategies towards effective governance of transitions to sustainability.



  • development
  • governance
  • sustainability

Editors and Affiliations

  • PublicStrategy, Brussels, Belgium

    Louis Meuleman

  • University of Massachussets, Boston, USA

    Louis Meuleman

  • Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Louis Meuleman

About the editor

Dr. Louis Meuleman has an MsC in environmental biology and a PhD in public administration. He has 30 years of public-sector experience. His PhD thesis (Springer, 2008) focuses on metagovernance: how to create and manage situationally successful combinations of hierarchical, network and market styles of governance. He concludes that optimal governance mixtures depend among others on national/regional/local cultures and traditions. His academic affiliations include being a senior fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability of the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA and research fellow at the VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands. He was (2010-2011) Project director of the TransGov project of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany, which resulted in two publications on transgovernance: transformative governance, based on metagovernance and other social science concepts like knowledge democracy and second modernity. He was director of the Netherlands Advisory Council for Research on Nature, Environment and Spatial Planning (RMNO)(2002-2009) and head of unit and project director at the Netherlands Ministry for Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (1991-2001). He is currently a seconded national expert at DG Environment of the European Commission. As a 'reflexive practitioner' he continues to participate in scholarly and other discussions on the quality of governance, sustainable development and impact assessment. See for (downloadable) publications his personal website

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Buying options

Softcover Book USD 69.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 69.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)