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Global Stability through Decentralization?

In Search for the Right Balance between Central and Decentral Solutions

  • Peter A. Wilderer
  • Martin Grambow


  • A unique, holistic approach to central/decentral regulation and control

  • Covers aspects of ecology through engineering, economy, sociology up to political governance

  • Written by experts from various disciplines


Part of the Strategies for Sustainability book series (STSU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Wolfgang Haber, Jürg Bloesch
    Pages 1-19
  3. Patrick Dewilde, Ulrich Drost, Martin Grambow, Bernhard Schätz, Martin Korndörfer
    Pages 21-73
  4. Christian Werthmann, Ortwin Renn, Anastassia Makarieva, Victor Gorshkov, Peter A. Wilderer, Verena Risse et al.
    Pages 75-115
  5. Michael von Hauff, Franz-Theo Gottwald, Katharina Stöckl, Jelena Kurz, Carolin Böker
    Pages 117-138
  6. Peter A. Wilderer, Martin Grambow, Asher Brenner, Werner P. Bauer
    Pages 139-164
  7. Klaus Mainzer, Verena Huber, Joachim Schütter
    Pages 165-180
  8. Peter A. Wilderer, Martin Grambow
    Pages 181-191
  9. Peter A. Wilderer, Martin Grambow
    Pages E1-E2
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 193-200

About this book


The authors of this book, who represent a broad range of scientific disciplines, discuss the issue of centralized versus decentralized control and regulation in the context of sustainable development. The stability and resilience of complex technical, economic, societal and political systems are commonly assumed to be highly dependent on the effectiveness of sophisticated, mainly centralized regulation and control systems and governance structures, respectively. In nature, however, life is mainly self-regulated by widespread, mainly DNA-encoded control mechanisms. The fact that life has endured for more than 2.4 billion years suggests that, for man-made systems, decentralized control concepts are superior to centralized ones. The authors discuss benefits and drawbacks of both approaches to achieving sustainability, providing valuable information for students and professional decision makers alike.


Centralized Systems Control Processes in Ecosystems Control of Man-Made Systems Decentralization of Wastewater Treatment Decentralized Systems Management of Man-Made Systems Sustainable Economy and Globalization Urban Water Management

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter A. Wilderer
    • 1
  • Martin Grambow
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Earth System Preservation (IESP)Technical University of MunichGarchingGermany
  2. 2.Umwelt und VerbraucherschutzBayerisches Staatsministerium fürMunichGermany

About the editors

Peter A. Wilderer, Institute for Advanced Study, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, GermanyMartin Grambow, Head of the Division on Water Management and Conservation of Soil, Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, Munich, Germany

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