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State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability (State of the World)

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Citizens expect their governments to lead on sustainability. But from largely disappointing international conferences like Rio II to the U.S.andrsquo;s failure to pass meaningful climate legislation, governmentsandrsquo; progress has been lackluster. Thatandrsquo;s not to say leadership is absent; it just often comes from the bottom up rather than the top down. Actionandmdash;on climate, species loss, inequity, and other sustainability crisesandmdash;is being driven by local, peopleandrsquo;s, womenandrsquo;s, and grassroots movements around the world, often in opposition to the agendas pursued by governments and big corporations.

These diverse efforts are the subject of the latest volume in the Worldwatch Instituteandrsquo;s highly regarded State of the World series. The 2014 edition, marking the Instituteandrsquo;s 40th anniversary, examines both barriers to responsible political and economic governance as well as gridlock-shattering new ideas. The authors analyze a variety of trends and proposals, including regional and local climate initiatives, the rise of benefit corporations and worker-owned firms, the need for energy democracy, the Internetandrsquo;s impact on sustainability, and the importance of eco-literacy. A consistent thread throughout the book is that informed and engaged citizens are key to better governance.

The book is a clear-eyed yet ultimately optimistic assessment of citizensandrsquo; ability to govern for sustainability. By highlighting both obstacles and opportunities, State of the World 2014 shows how to effect change within and beyond the halls of government. This volume will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economicsandmdash;and citizens looking to jumpstart significant change around the world.

About the Author

Founded in 1974 by farmer and economist Lester Brown, Worldwatch was the first independent research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental concerns. Worldwatch quickly became recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Now under the leadership of population expert and author Robert Engelman, Worldwatch develops innovative solutions to intractable problems, emphasizing a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.

Table of Contents

PART I. Overview
Foreword: David Orr
Introduction: Tom Prugh and Michael Renner
Chapter 1. What is Governance? D. Conor Seyle and Matthew Wilburn King
 
PART II. Political Governance
Chapter 2. Governance and Humanity's Failure to Make Long-term Plans: Matthew Wilburn King
Chapter 3. Public Governance in the Public Interest: Deliberative Democracy and Sustainability: Matt Leighninger and Tom Prugh
Chapter 4. Next American City: Diana Lind
Chapter 5. Humanity as Ultrasocial Organism and the Implications for Governance: John Gowdy
Chapter 6. Eco-Literacy and Governance: Monty Hempel   
Chapter 7. Earth Domination or Stewardship? Peter Brown and Jeremy Schmidt
Chapter 8. Earth Jurisprudence: Cormac Cullinan
Chapter 9. Governance and Sustainability in China: Isabel Hilton and Sam Geall
Chapter 10. People's Movements Against Destructive Development in India: Shakuntala Makhijani
Chapter 11. Climate Justice: Lessons for the Sustainability Movement: Aaron Sachs
Chapter 12. Women’s Role in Governance: Bob Engelman
Chapter 13. The Impact of Disasters on Governance: Michael Weber
Chapter 14. Issues in Goverance: Inge Kaul
Chapter 15. Post-2015 Development and Governance: Maria Ivanova
Chapter 16. The Internet and Governance: Rick Worthington
Chapter 17. How Local Government is Leading Us Toward Sustainability: ICLEI
 
PART III. Economic Governance
Chapter 18. Leave it to the Market? The Need for Public Policy: Michael Renner and Sean Sweeney
Chapter 19. Financialization and Democracy: Thomas Palley
Chapter 20. Democratizing the Workplace: Gar Alperovitz
Chapter 21. The Rise of Benefit Corporations: Colleen Cordes
Chapter 22. Green Governance and the Commons: David Bollier and Burns Weston
Chapter 23. Lessons from the Effort to Pass U.S. Cap-and-Trade Legislation: Petra Bartosiewicz and Marissa Miley
Chapter 24. The Resource Curse and Governance: Evan Musolino and Katie Auth
Chapter 25. Labor and Sustainability: The Need for a Just Transition: Nina Netzer and Judith Gouverneur
Chapter 26. Humanity’s Tolerance for Risk: Hybrid Public / Private Goods: Josephine Mitschke and Ian Johnson
Chapter 27. Arctic Resources and Governance: Yu Hongyuan
 
PART III. What Does It All Mean?
Chapter 28. The Book is Not the Endpoint: Summary and Outlook: Tom Prugh and Michael Renner

Product Details

ISBN:
9781610915410
Author:
Prugh, Tom
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
The Worldwatch Institute
Author:
Brown, Peter
Author:
Seyle, Conor
Author:
Geall, Sam
Author:
Hongyuan Yu
Author:
Bartosiewicz, Petra
Author:
Renner, Michael
Author:
Mitschke, Josephine
Author:
Netzer, Nina
Author:
Kaul, Inge
Author:
Bollier, David
Author:
Sachs, Aaron
Author:
Auth, Katie
Author:
Sweeney, Sean
Author:
Musolino, Evan
Author:
Orr, David W.
Author:
Hilton, Isabel
Author:
Hempel, Monty
Author:
Makhijani, Shakuntala
Author:
Cordes, Colleen
Author:
Ivanova, Maria
Author:
King, Matthew Wilburn
Author:
Palley, Thomas
Author:
Miley, Marissa
Author:
Gouverneur, Judith
Author:
Lind, Diana
Author:
Leighninger, Matt
Author:
Johnson, Ian
Author:
Weber, Michael L.
Author:
Gowdy, John
Author:
Weston, Burns
Author:
Engelman, Robert
Author:
Worthington, Rick
Author:
Alperovitz, Gar
Author:
Cullinan, Cormac
Author:
Schmidt, Jeremy J.
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
State of the World
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 photos, 10 illustrations, 15 tables
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7 in

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