Transition Management for Sustainable Development

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  • Edited by Kazuhiro Ueta and Yukio Adachi

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    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1234-3
    376 pages
    United Nations University Press
    March 2014

    The idea of sustainable development is often referred to in the public forum, however this does not necessarily mean that it is also widely accepted as a living philosophy, nor that it has come to be embodied in public policy. Consequently, there is a need to precisely examine the problems brought about by the economic mechanisms standing in the way of this goal—in particular globalization—and to draw up plans to counteract these influences. In the meantime, sustainability transitions do require a series of system innovations and transitions, and it is important to foster robust environmental governance for sustainable development.

    This book aims firstly to examine the implications of the idea of sustainable development for institutional and policy designs. Secondly, it aims to clarify the political, social and economic conditions for successful sustainability transitions, by means of the detailed empirical analysis of a host of challenging social experiments for sustainable development. Finally, it searches for, and formulates, a viable theory of transition management for sustainable development.

    About the Editors:

    Kazuhiro Ueta is Professor of Environmental Economics at the Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan. Yukio Adachi is Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University, and Professor of Public Policy in the Faculty of Law, Kyoto Industrial University, Japan.

    Table of Contents:

    Introduction: From green growth to sustainable human development, Kazuhiro Ueta

    Part I: Environmental governance for sustainable human development

    On the concept of sustainable human development, Hiroki Nogami and Kazuhiro Ueta
    Environmental policy integration for sustainability and its contemporary policy implications, Kazuo Matsushita
    The state transformation in environmental governance: From the viewpoints of environmental regulations, Shin-ichi Yatsuki
    Governance of sustainability transition management at the local, national and global, Tatsuro Niikawa

    Part II: Transition management for sustainable development: Case studies
    Environmental governance strategies and transition to a sustainable society: Integration of environmental and energy policies in Germany and Japan, Minoru Tsubogo
    Environmental governance failure and environmental metagovernance for local sustainable development: Local Agenda 21 in Japan, Kentaro Miyanaga
    Transition to sustainable urban development in Japan: A case study of an antipollution movement in Nishiyodogawa Ward, Osaka City, Mayuko Shimizu

    Part III: Democracy and institutional reforms for sustainable development

    Democracy in transition management for sustainable development, Yukio Adachi
    Does better governance make for a better environment? Kosuke Oyama
    Deliberation, expertise and sustainability, Makoto Usami
    The restructuring of society around environmental education: From education for economic development to education for sustainable development, Wataru Sano
    Is contemporary capitalism sustainable? Satoshi Niioka
    Decentralization and local governance for sustainable development, Katsutaka Shiraishi

    Part IV: Social movements and social learning in transition management for sustainable development
    Anti-nuclear movements in Japan: Before and after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Koichi Hasegawa
    Social learning for endogenous development and sustainable world: From the viewpoint of experiences and discussions in Japan, Takayuki Ota
    Undesirable facility siting and democracy: A comparative analysis of radioactive waste repository siting in Japan, South Korea and France, Shunsaku Komatsuzaki
    The reintegration of welfare, the economy and the environment: Governance of post-productivist welfare, Taro Miyamoto

  • “This volume provides a rich theoretical overview with comparative and policy-relevant analysis of low-carbon and green growth trajectories. It is the most comprehensive and profound volume to date, allowing English language readers to study the thinking of outstanding Japanese scholars on transition processes.”

    Mikael Skou Andersen, Professor of Environmental Policy Analysis, Aarhus University, Denmark

    “This book is an important effort by scholars to learn from the past, and develop ways of thinking and doing that move us forward. It will be of interest and value to all who are interested in the intellectual and practical challenges we face in finding a better way to live on the earth”

    Frank J. Convery, Chair and Senior Fellow, UCD Earth Institute, University College Dublin, and Honorary President, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

    “This volume arrives as a timely addition to the literature on sustainability and the critical task of transition management. Leading experts offer both environmental policy academics and professional practitioners an agenda for coming to grips with the fundamental challenges of our time.”

    Frank Fischer, Distinguished Professor of Politics and Global Affairs, Rutgers University, USA, and Research Associate at the Environmental Policy Research Centre, Free University of Berlin, Germany