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Sustainability: Politics and Governance

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The article gives an overview of global sustainability policy and politics. It is shown how international policy making on sustainable development has progressed from environmental policy toward recent approaches of Earth system governance. Key challenges of international sustainability politics are discussed, and institutional and instrumental options to improve sustainability policy are presented. The article ends with an outlook of the need for cosmopolitan policy making on sustainable development.

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  • Sustainability policy
  • Politics
  • Earth system governance
  • Cosmopolitanism

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Fig. 11.1

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    Twenty years after the important conference on environment and development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the global sustainability community met again in Rio de Janeiro to take stock and look ahead: http://www.uncsd2012.org/

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Heinrichs, H., Biermann, F. (2016). Sustainability: Politics and Governance. In: Heinrichs, H., Martens, P., Michelsen, G., Wiek, A. (eds) Sustainability Science. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-7242-6_11

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